Jerry Sands is not available for substitute teaching this spring

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If I ever knew that Jerry Sands was a substitute teacher in the offseason, I forgot it.  But this little anecdote from the L.A. Times made me laugh:

 Jerry Sands was awakened at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday by a phone call. The automated call was from the Johnston County School District in North Carolina, where the second-year outfielder worked as a substitute teacher in the off-season. He was informed there was a shift available.

“I have to call them and tell them I’m not in town,” Sands said.

I dunno. If Don Mattingly falls in love with Juan Rivera I suppose Sands may have some free time.  But I bet riding the bench is better than subbing in, say, middle school.  That has to be pure hell.

Angels acquire Odrisamer Despaigne from Marlins

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The Angels announced on Tuesday night that the club acquired pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne from the Marlins for cash considerations. Pitcher Dayan Diaz was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Despaigne.

Despaigne, 31, posted a lackluster 5.31 ERA with 18 strikeouts and eight walks in 20 1/3 innings for the Marlins before being optioned to Triple-A New Orleans in early June. Despaigne has even struggled at Triple-A compiling a 4.47 ERA with a 41/13 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings.

Despaigne has spent about equal time starting and relieving in his major league career, so he could operate as a swingman for the Angels. Otherwise, he’ll serve as pitching depth.