Angels sign reliever Ryan Mattheus to minor league deal

Angels sign former Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus to minor league deal

The Angels have signed former Washington Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring-training camp, General Manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed Wednesday.

Mattheus, a 31-year-old right-hander, was a key part of a bullpen that helped the Nationals win the National League East title in 2012, going 5-3 with a 2.85 earned-run average in 66 games, striking out 41 and walking 19 in 66 1/3 innings.

But the Sacramento native struggled in 2013, pitching to a 6.37 ERA in 35 1/3 innings and breaking a bone in his right hand when he punched a locker after a bad outing.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mattheus suffered a rib-cage injury last spring and spent most of 2014 at triple-A Syracuse, pitching to a 5.80 ERA in 40 1/3 innings. He threw only 8 2/3 innings for the Nationals and was let go after the season.

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