Angels Option Garrett Richards; Recall David Carpenter

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: Garrett Richards #57 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts in the first inning during his MLB debut against the New York Yankees on August 10, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Angels demoted young right-hander Garrett Richards to Triple-A and promoted reliever David Carpenter before Thursday's game to add a much-needed arm to their bullpen, reports Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times:

With set-up man Scott Downs hitting the disabled list Tuesday and closer Ernesto Frieri beginning to look human, Carpenter adds a fresh arm to the struggling bullpen. After a very solid first half of the season the Halos bullpen has begun to erode, allowing 31 runs in 53 1/3 innings since the All-Star break through Wednesday.

The 24-year-old Carpenter is in his second stint with the Halos this season. Prior to Thursday night's action, the right-hander owned a 3.55 ERA and 6.0 K/9 in 38 innings pitched.

With Ervin Santana on a short leash and Dan Haren still battling back issues, Richards, 24, will likely return to the Halos rotation soon.

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