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BASEBALL : DAILY REPORT : ANGELS : Is There Any Room for Valenzuela?

With Joe Grahe scheduled for another start Sunday and Floyd Bannister sent to Class-A Palm Springs to become a starter again, Fernando Valenzuela’s chances of returning to the Angels appear increasingly slim.

Valenzuela is scheduled to make two more starts for triple-A Edmonton before Aug. 19, the deadline for the Angels to decide whether they will recall him or release him. He is 1-1 with a 5.59 earned-run average in two starts for Edmonton.

“I don’t know what to tell you; Fernando will have those two more outings and then we’ll see,” said his agent, Tony DeMarco. “We haven’t heard anything one way or the other. Fernando believes he can do the job, and we hope he can make it back. (What happens to Grahe and Bannister) doesn’t affect me one way or another. We’re doing what we’re supposed to do, and the Angels will do what they’re supposed to do.”

Bannister made his first start for Palm Springs Tuesday, pitching five innings against Visalia. He gave up one run and one walk and struck out nine. He didn’t get the decision in Palm Springs’ 3-1 loss.

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