Angels demote former White Sox lefty Hector Santiago

Angels demote former White Sox lefty Hector Santiago
May 22, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Tony Andracki

Former White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago is having a rough go of it with his new team in Los Angeles.

The Angels optioned Santiago to Triple-A Iowa Thursday in a somewhat curious move, citing a lack of control.

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The 26-year-old lefty isn't having a great season (0-6, 4.82 ERA, 1.47 WHIP) but his 4.3 BB/9 is actually below his career norm (4.5) and he's coming off back-to-back perfect appearances out of the bullpen.

The Angels said they want to keep Santiago stretched out as a starter and he had only pitched twice in a two-week span after getting bumped from the big-league rotation following his May 7 start.

The Sox sent Santiago to the Angels as part of a three-way deal over the winter that brought Adam Eaton to the South Side and sent Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks.

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Santiago was a valuable swingman with the White Sox the last two seasons, posting a 3.49 ERA in 76 games (27 starts).

Meanwhile, Eaton, 25, has been a sparkplug for the Sox offense, posting a .336 OBP in 29 games, but has missed time to various injuries this year.