ANGELS: The Los Angeles Angels called up right-hander Kevin Jepsen from Triple-A Salt Lake before Sunday’s game against the Chicago White Sox, adding another arm to their overworked bullpen.
Jepsen was 3-4 with a 1.81 ERA and 13 saves in 40 minor league games this year while Sandoval was batting .335 with 15 home runs and 88 RBI. Both will be making their major league debuts.
RED SOX: The Boston Red Sox recalled right-hander Devern Hansack from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday to strengthen their bullpen.
The AL wild card-leading Red Sox also activated right-hander Bartolo Colon from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Pawtucket to start an International League playoff game Sunday. Outfielder J.D. Drew, out since Aug. 18 with a strained lower back, could be activated next week.
PIRATES: Nate McLouth left the Pittsburgh Pirates’ game against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the fourth inning Sunday after being struck near his left eye by a batted ball.
The All-Star center fielder dived for a sinking liner hit by Pablo Sandoval. The ball bounced in front of McLouth and ricocheted off him into left field, allowing three runs to score on the play. McLouth left with a cut above his left eyebrow that required three stitches.
METS: Billy Wagner is expected to miss the rest of the season, leaving the New York Mets without their All-Star closer as they try to maintain a slim lead in the NL East. Wagner has been sidelined since Aug. 3 because of a tender pitching elbow. He has tried several times to work his way back, but hasn’t been able to shake the pain.
Wearing a protective sleeve on his left elbow, Wagner tested his arm Sunday with disappointing results. Between games of a day-night doubleheader against Philadelphia, he went to the mound in a virtually empty Shea Stadium and faced teammate Gustavo Molina.
A wild Wagner hit the reserve catcher on the left foot with his 13th pitch and walked off the field to consult with a trainer and the Mets’ coaching staff. The left-hander will be re-examined by a doctor today and is likely done for the season, manager Jerry Manuel said after his team’s 6-3 victory in the nightcap.
MARLINS: Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor left Sunday’s game, not long after fouling a ball off his left knee in the second inning. Treanor grounded out to end the inning and then took his position, but walked off the field during warmups.