The Angels have positioned reliever Austin Warren on launch waivers, in line with the transaction log at MLB.com. If he goes unclaimed, he’ll be a free agent. Los Angeles had designated Warren for project yesterday once they acquired Guillermo Zuñiga in a minor commerce with the Cardinals.
Warren remains to be rehabbing from the Tommy John surgical procedure that he underwent final Might. Injured gamers can’t be positioned on outright waivers. As soon as the Halos DFA the right-hander, they needed to both commerce or launch him. Given the unlikelihood of discovering a commerce accomplice, they moved rapidly to place him on launch waivers.
A sixth-round choose in 2018, Warren has spent his complete profession within the Angels system. He pitched his approach to the majors in 2021 and labored to a 1.77 ERA over 20 1/3 innings as a rookie. That dipped to a 5.63 mark by way of 16 innings in 2022, when he shuttled between Angel Stadium and Triple-A Salt Lake. Warren solely made two huge league appearances final yr earlier than struggling the damage that required surgical procedure.
When groups launch a participant who’re injured and might’t be outrighted, it’s pretty frequent for them to attempt to convey him again on a minor league deal if he clears waivers. If he will get to free company, Warren might as an alternative search out alternatives with different organizations for the primary time. It’s additionally attainable a staff locations a declare and stashes him on the 60-day injured checklist with that avenue reopening within the subsequent few days.