The Dodgers have cleared two spots on their 40-man roster by out-righting two players to triple-A Albuquerque. The players that were sent back down to Albuquerque were pitcher Blake Hawksworth, and center fielder Matt Angle. Both players had to clear waivers in order to be sent to triple-A
Hawskworth, the relief pitcher acquired in the Ryan Theriot trade, didn’t pitch at all in 2012, and hasn’t pitched since 2011. It is possible he may not pitch again. He is still recovering from several major arm and shoulder surgeries. Hawksworth has had two elbow surgeries. One of them was to repair damage done to his elbow from the original surgery. He also had surgery done on his right shoulder. Hawskworth is 29 years old, and went 2-5 for the Dodgers in 2011, in 49 games pitched.
Angle is a 27 year old outfielder, who briefly appeared in 31 games for Baltimore in 2011. Angle has never appeared in a major league game for the Dodgers. Instead he spent the entire 2012 season with the Albuquerque Isotopes. Angle played in 115 games, and hit .303 for the Topes. He smashed five home runs, drove in 47 runs, and stole 13 bases. In 647 career minor league games, Angle is a career .288 hitter with 182 stolen bases.
With Hawksworth still recovering from his major arm surgeries, it is unlikely he will pitch in 2013 at all. For Angle it seems very unlikely that he would make the Dodger’s major league roster in 2013, with the team already having an abundance of outfielders. The moves were made to clear room on the 40-man roster.