Angels designate Cody Allen for assignment

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The Angels have designated reliever Cody Allen for assignment, per a team announcement on Saturday. In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Taylor Cole has been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.

It’s a tough break for Allen, who inked a one-year deal with the Angels over the offseason and appeared to have a firm grip on the closer spot for the first month and a half of the season. After a handful of inconsistent performances, hampered in no small part by the Angels’ string of losses in mid-May and early June, it appears the club is ready to take things in a different direction.

Allen, for his part, isn’t ready to give up just yet:

However, the 30-year-old righty didn’t help his case on Friday, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks when he was brought in to relieve Ty Buttrey in the seventh inning of a 9-4 loss to the Rays. So far this year, he’s recorded four saves in four chances and posted a 6.26 ERA, 7.8 BB/9, and 11.3 SO/9 through 23 innings of relief. Part of his struggles may also be attributed to a stint on the 10-day injured list, where he was laid up with a lumbar spine strain.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.