The Angels agreed to terms on a major league contract with veteran right-hander
Fister, 33, went unsigned over the offseason. He struggled to a 4.64 earned-run average over 32 starts for Houston in 2016. He logged a 3.38 ERA in the six preceding seasons.
It's not known how much time he will require to build up stamina and rejoin a rotation.
Already this season, the Angels have lost two of their top starters, Garrett Richards and
Faced with a similar situation at this stage in the 2016 season, the Angels signed veteran
Pitchers prepare to hit
In June 2008, Meyer was the top pitching prospect in Indiana as a high-school senior. In the state tournament, he faced the state's second-ranked prospect, a future minor league left-hander named Cameron Hobson who hummed it up to 90 mph.
That was the last time the 6-foot-9 Meyer batted, and the hardest pitch he’d ever seen. The gangly right-hander will have to bat again, and face faster pitching, when he starts Saturday against the New York Mets’
"It's going to be like watching a giraffe hit," Skaggs said. "I'm looking forward to it."
After singling once that day in 2008, Meyer did not hit again until 2012, when he took a few sessions of batting practice with Washington's Class-A affiliate in preparation for a possible promotion to the double-A Eastern League, where pitchers hit.
He did not hit again until this month, when the Angels' pitchers began taking batting practice ahead of this series. He's mined his more experienced teammates for tips on how to bunt and how to pull his bat back in time to swing away. On Wednesday, he excitedly reported that he had homered twice.
"I've gotten better the last few days," he said. "I just want to go up there and look like I know what I'm doing. But nothing's gonna simulate a guy throwing 95 until I freakin' see it. I've never seen anything like that before, by any means."
Meyer’s major league debut occurred in a
“Hey, when’s the last time you did this?”
He told him the truth. The half-inning ended with him in the on-deck circle. After he pitched the next half, Molitor pulled him from the game.
Meyer knows his longevity in Saturday's start could depend on his ability to execute at the plate.
"It'd be a big load off of my back if I got the bunt down the first time," Meyer said. "Or put the ball in play, whatever it is."