ARLINGTON, Texas -- Apparently at an impasse with Fernando Valenzuela over the time he needed to pitch himself back into shape, the California Angels placed him on waivers yesterday for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.
However, they did invite him to pitch for the Class AAA Edmonton Trappers if he clears waivers and doesn't sign with another club.
Valenzuela was placed on the disabled list June 13 after a heart abnormality was detected in two tests. The condition was later diagnosed as "crimping" in an artery leading to his heart, and medication was prescribed to alleviate the problem. He was given medical clearance to resume pitching Monday, but didn't work out with the club.
Valenzuela, 30, was 0-2 with a 12.15 ERA in two starts. He drew a crowd of 49,977 for his Angels debut, a 5-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers on June 7, and a crowd of 32,515 for what might be his finale, an 8-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.