Michael Roth

Angels designate Michael Roth for assignment


The Angels have designated pitcher Michael Roth for assignment, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports. The Angels put Mike Morin on the 40-man roster to clear up the opening.

Roth, who made his Major League debut last season, struggled in four starts at Double-A Arkansas. He allowed 13 runs with a 10/12 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings. He showed no progress after getting hit around in 20 innings in the big leagues in 2013, when he posted a 5.40 ERA.

Roth made his way through the Angels’ system quickly, going from rookie ball in 2012 to starting the season at Double-A last season, and getting the call to the big leagues in mid-April. Roth could draw some outside interest, as he’s still only 24 years old, but his stuff — his average fastball velocity is in the high-80’s — doesn’t leave much projectability.

Jason Kipnis plans to play through a disgusting-looking ankle sprain

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 14:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians fields the ball against the Toronto Blue Jays during game one of the American League Championship Series at Progressive Field on October 14, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Jason Kipnis sprained his ankle while celebrating the Indians ALCS win over the Blue Jays. In the runup to tonight’s game, Terry Francona has said that Kipnis would be fine, that he’s a gamer, etc., etc. You know, the usual “when the bell rings, all of the aches and pains go away” kind of thing.

Today, however, we see that this sprained ankle is maybe not your run-of-the-mill late season bump or bruise:


Um, yikes.

Indians beat writer jumps in Lake Erie to settle a bet

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Back in September Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writer Paul Hoynes ruffled a lot of feathers when he declared the Indians DOA. His rationale: too many injuries to Indians starters weakened the club too greatly. Even if they did make the playoffs, Hoynes argued, they wouldn’t go far.

A reader made a bet with him at the time: if the Indians didn’t make the World Series, he’d jump in Lake Erie. If they did, Hoynes would.

Today Hoynes made good on his bet. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a baseball writer drop trou, by the way: