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Angels give up with Matt Harvey

SEATTLE - The Los Angeles Angels have dropped their US $ 11 million investment from pitcher Matt Harvey, whom they have named for Friday's assignment.

The 30-year-old right-handed gunner was 3-5 with a deserved point average of 7.09 in 12 starts. On Thursday night, he conceded six runs, seven hits and five walks in six innings in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros.

According to manager Brad Ausmus, who had previously spoken to general manager Billy Eppler, the Angels made the decision because they thought they would have a better chance of winning games.

"Matt was a very appreciated teammate, a player that everyone supported, including myself. But we live in an area where you have to win baseball games. Speaking with Billy, we felt it was the best decision to make to win games. "

For a time, with the New York Mets, Harvey was one of the most dominant starters in the major leagues. He started the 2013 all-star game at Citi Field, but suffered an elbow injury later that summer. As a result, he never succeeded, on a regular basis, to display the same power and the same control after having undergone a Tommy-John type operation.

Harvey lost his place in the Mets runner rotation after four starts last year, and his scorecard average was 10.50 in four relief appearances. When he refused to be conceded in the minor leagues, the Mets traded him to the Cincinnati Reds. In 24 starts with the Reds, Harvey had a 7-7 record and a 4.50 ERA. He became a free agent and joined the Angels.

Due to an elongation on the back, Harvey did not throw with the Angels between May 23 and July 13. In the two starts he made after returning to the game, the average speed of his fastball was 92 mph. This season, he has conceded 48 points and 63 hits in 59 innings and two-thirds, with 39 strikeouts and 29 walks.

"The speed of his throws does not reach 97 mph but it's not 89 mph, either," Ausmus said. He masters four shots. He has the arsenal to remove league majors. He only needs to control it. "

The Angels recalled right-handed pitcher Jaime Barria of their Salt Lake City AAA school club before the first game of their series against the Seattle Mariners. They hope he is ready to take on a bigger role.

"It's obvious that we're going to need starting pitchers," said Ausmus, "and we want him to start well and get one of those positions."

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