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.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.