“I guess there’s a first time for everything,” said Lindstrom, who had an 11.12 earned-run average in 5 2/3 spring innings but seemed to regain his velocity and form after an injury-plagued 2014 season with the
"It's probably a numbers game. I'm healthy, I'm throwing hard, I still throw a lot of strikes. I was looking forward to maybe doing something here, but I understand how the game works. They have guys on the [40-man] roster. It's just a little different going through that process for the first time."
But the Angels also have a surplus of right-handed short relievers and need a long man and a left-hander or two, so Lindstrom wasn't a good fit in the bullpen.
"I think Matt still has a good arm, but where our bullpen is, and the dynamics of it, there wasn't going to be a role for him," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "We certainly need some length and some balance in our bullpen. We have some guys who were ahead of him now."