Valenzuela to report to Double A to seek another shot with Angels


Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, released last Friday by the California Angels, will report to their Double A farm club at Midland, Texas, Friday, according to Valenzuela's agent, Tony DeMarco.

Valenzuela, 30, was 0-2 with a 12.15 earned run average in two attempts at winning the fifth spot in the starting rotation. He was placed on the disabled list June 13, a day after his second start, when an abnormality was found in his cardiogram.

Further tests found "crimping" in an artery leading to his heart, a condition that was not deemed serious. He was cleared to resume pitching July 1 but didn't rejoin the Angels because he sought a 20-day rehabilitation assignment to Triple A Edmonton, and club officials believed he would need more than 20 days to pitch himself back into shape.

Unwilling to specify when they would recall him, the Angels put him on waivers but extended an invitation for him to report to Edmonton.

DeMarco said he and Angels senior vice president Dan O'Brien agreed yesterday that Valenzuela would join Midland and the Triple A Edmonton Trappers for a maximum of 30 days from his first start, or until Aug. 23. "Then, we expect him to go back to the Angels," DeMarco said. "If not, Fernando would be free to go wherever he desires."

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