Fernando Valenzuela, who had a 12.15 earned-run average in two starts with the Angels, is scheduled to start for triple-A Edmonton on Monday, the deadline under his contract for the Angels to promote him to the majors or give him his release if he requests it.
Valenzuela has struggled in his second stint in the minor leagues. It isn't certain whether he will make the scheduled start, but Dan O'Brien, Angel senior vice president, said that the decision is Valenzuela's. His contract allows him to continue to pitch for Edmonton if he wants. O'Brien said Valenzuela's performance will determine any decision by the club.
Infielder Bobby Rose will return to the Angels today after fulfilling the 10-day minimum stay in the minors. Rose was demoted to Edmonton on Aug. 6 instead of pitcher Chris Beasley only because pitcher Bryan Harvey was unavailable for two days because of the death of his grandmother. Infielder Chris Cron, who flied out Thursday in his only major league at-bat, was optioned to make room for Rose.
Center fielder Junior Felix, on a rehabilitation assignment at Class-A Palm Springs since Aug. 5, is batting .324 in 10 games, with 11 walks. However, he probably will spend close to the 20-day maximum in the minors because he has not played in the majors since June 19 as the result of a calf injury. . . . Shawn Abner, acquired July 30 from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Jack Howell, has started the past five games in center field.