Valenzuela to join Angels' farm


LOS ANGELES -- Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, released Friday by the California Angels, will report to their Class AA club ,, in Midland, Texas, tomorrow, according to Valenzuela's agent, Tony DeMarco.

Valenzuela, 30, was 0-2 with a 12.15 ERA in two starts. He was placed on the disabled list June 13. Tests found "crimping" in an artery leading to his heart, a condition 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 the Class AAA Edmonton Trappers, 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 placed him on waivers but invited him to report to Edmonton.

DeMarco said he and Angels senior vice president Dan O'Brien agreed yesterday that Valenzuela will join Midland and Edmonton 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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