Angels Activate LaTroy Hawkins; Bobby Cassevah Optioned

Apr. 14, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins (32) pitches during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Angels won 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Angels are expected to activate righty reliever LaTroy Hawkins from the disabled list this morning, reports Bill Plunkett of the OC Register.

Out since May 6 with a fractured pinkie on his throwing hand, the 39-year-old Hawkins will look to continue the early season success he experienced before his trip to the DL. The veteran has a 1.08 ERA in 8 1/3 innings across 10 appearances this year.

Hawkins' return adds a fourth late-inning relief option to the Angels bullpen to supplement Jordan Walden, Scott Downs and Ernesto Frieri.

To make room for Hawkins, the Angels demoted fellow righty reliever Bobby Cassevah to Triple-A following Friday night's victory over the Rockies. Cassevah has been downright terrible since his promotion in late May, amounting a 7.20 ERA and walking six batters in just five innings of work. Historically an extreme ground ball pitcher, Cassevah allowed two home runs in his short stint with the club, including a towering 491-foot home run to Nelson Cruz last weekend.

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