Beck, Butcher up to Double-A

Brok Butcher

The Los Angeles Angels have made four transactions today that affect the pitching staff of the Arkansas Travelers. RHP Brok Butcher had joined the Travs starting rotation from single-A Rancho Cucamonga and LHP Brad Beck has also rejoined the club's bullpen from the Quakes. In corresponding moves, the Angels have released RHP Chris Saenz and placed RHP Jesse Smith on the disabled list.

Butcher will make his double-A debut on Sunday in the series opener at Wichita.

Despite a 5-7 record Brok Butcher, 23, put together an impressive season in the California League with the circuit's fourth lowest ERA (2.69). Selected out of Santa Barbara City College by the Angels during the 2005 draft with a 25th round pick, Butcher make 18 appearances with Rancho Cucamonga this season including 15 as a starting pitcher. Butcher allowed just four home runs and a batting average of .251 in 110.1 innings. He walked 28 batters against 59 strikeouts.

Brad Beck, 1-3 with a 5.55 ERA in 27 relief outings at Rancho Cucamonga rejoins the Travs bullpen. During a two-week stretch in June, Beck made four appearances as the sole lefty in the Travs relief corps earning a 1-0 record and 3.38 ERA before being sent back to the California League for three weeks.

Jesse Smith, 26, is placed on the disabled list with elbow tendonitis retroactive to July 5. This marks his second appearance on the disabled list this season. After beginning the season with the Travs, Smith was promoted to triple-A Salt Lake where he lost his only appearance before heading to the DL with elbow soreness. Two months later, Smith was reassigned to the Travelers and started and lost two games allowing three runs in 9.2 innings. He will begin a throwing program Monday in Wichita.

Chris Saenz, 25, began the season in the Travs rotation then moved into the bullpen in May. In 19 outings including nine starts, Saenz was 1-7 with an ERA of 8.41. Saenz had signed with the Angels as a free agent after missing the last two-and-a-half seasons following reconstructive elbow surgery.

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