Angels recall Fernando Salas and Cam Bedrosian

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Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have recalled pitchers Fernando Salas (from Triple-A Salt Lake) and Cam Bedrosian (from Double-A Arkansas). To create room for them on the roster, the Angels optioned pitcher Michael Roth to Double-A and placed pitcher Joe Thatcher on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle.

As Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register surmises, Bedrosian’s stay with the big club could only last a day. Outfielder Collin Cowgill, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right thumb, could be activated.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.