Bees struggle with changes
Salt Lake has experienced a bit of shrinkage lately, as in the number of experienced players headed west toward Anaheim.
In a game that is dominated by numbers, in the last week No. 13 has become important. It is the total number of player transactions; and there may be more. Pitcher Amalio Diaz, just recalled from Double-A Arkansas, took a line drive off his right leg during Tuesday's 10-2 loss to Round Rock (13-19) at dreary Spring Mobile Ballpark and had to be helped from the field.
Bobby Cassevah is the latest Salt Lake (15-16) pitcher headed to the Los Angeles Angeles, themselves struggling with poor performances and injuries. From the outside, it would appear that the numerous changes would not have a positive effect, especially the loss of experience.
"Those guys were good for the young guys," Salt Lake manager Bobby Mitchell said. "[Kevin] Frandsen was good for us. I know he wasn't here a long time, but he was a good influence in the clubhouse.
In the past week, the Angels have plucked veteran infielders Frandsen, picked up earlier this season from Boston, and Michael Ryan, as well as starter Trevor Bell. Pitcher Fernando Rodriguez was designated for assignment.
Meanwhile, the majority of replacements have been elevated from Double- and Single-A. Then starter Matt Palmer, originally designated for Salt Lake from Los Angeles, instead went on the disabled list and was sent to Arizona for rehab.
Today's starter, Will Smith, was called up from Rancho Cucamonga.
"I realize we're an extension of the big club," Mitchell said. "You never know how each guy will handle it."
Terry Evans has experienced the jolt of the transactions list this season. The outfielder began the season with the Angels.
He is used to a change of the guard, which can be as close as the person who once sat in the next locker.
"One thing I have noticed, how well the team seems to take it in stride," Salt Lake outfielder Terry Evans said. "It can change the game a little bit."
Salt Lake starter Sean O'Sullivan lasts just three innings as the Bees drop their third straight.
» Oswaldo Navarro drives in two of his four runs in Round Rock's four-run second inning.
» Round Rock pitching limits Salt Lake to seven hits, three in the ninth.