What's next for Donnelly?

Donnelly's struggles are getting worse

Brendan Donnelly is hardly the pitcher who won the All-Star game in 2003. After beginning his career with stellar back-to-back seasons, he has been a solid set-up man the past two seasons, but this year he has run into some trouble. More specifically, he has run into some trouble this past month.

In his 23-pitch outing on Friday, Brendan Donnelly gave up a double, triple and home run around two walks to lift his season ERA nearly a full point to 5.20.

Donnelly has been bothered by a sore neck muscle and upper back, but three visits to the chiropractor over the All-Star break reportedly fixed that, he said.

"You can write I (stink)," Donnelly said as he hurriedly exited the clubhouse and walked past reporters.

Donnelly has allowed 11 runs in his last five outings, spanning just four innings, could be in danger of losing his roster spot as soon as Saturday since the Angels have to make a roster move to activate Kelvim Escobar from the disabled list.

"It's 180 degrees from where he was in June," manager Mike Scioscia said.

If the club believes his struggles are related to his neck, Donnelly might wind up on the disabled list. If not, the one-time primary setup man in their bullpen could become the third pitcher this year to be designated for assignment.

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