Back end of the Angels rotation stunk on ice last year. The three-way trade with the Dbacks was designed to shore up the rotation, bringing in Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs. Skaggs is still in the back of the rotation, but Santiago isn’t: the Angels just demoted him to the bullpen.
The move is considered temporary, but it’s probably deserved. Santiago has posted a 5.19 ERA over his first seven starts and is walking 4.7 batters per nine innings.
Who takes his place in the rotation is unclear.
Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.