He faced 15 batters, throwing 46 of his 67 pitches for strikes. Bell, who gave up all five runs in the third inning, is 1-1 with a 10.80 earned-run average.
On Sunday, Bell lasted 1 2/3 innings in The Angels’ 8-3 road loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. He surrendered six earned runs, six hits, walked four and struck out two during his 68-pitch performance.
It wasn’t clear if Bell, a former All-Pacific League Most Valuable Player, would remain in the starting rotation.
The Angels (76-51) acquired left-hander Scott Kazmir from Tampa Bay for a pair of minor leaguers Friday night. Kazmir, 25, helped lead Tampa Bay to the World Series last season for the first time in the franchise’s history.
The Angels, who are in first place in the American League’s West Division, have been ravaged by injuries to their starting rotation throughout the season.
They’ve seen John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders and Kelvim Escobar all on the disabled list, speeding the process of summoning Bell from Salt Lake.
Gregg Zaun (St. Francis High, 1989) Tampa Bay Rays catcher: Zaun finished with a run-scoring single in the sixth inning of Tampa Bay’s 6-2 road loss to the Detroit Tigers on Friday. The Rays (69-58) lost their second game in a row and remain in third place in the American League’s East Division behind the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
Zaun has received plenty of playing time since being dealt to Tampa Bay from the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 7.
Since arriving to Tampa Bay, Zaun has participated in 14 games. He’s batting .311 (14 for 45) with two home runs and eight runs batted in. He’s registered three doubles.
Overall, Zaun is batting .258 (54-209) with six home runs and 20 runs batted in. He’s got 13 doubles in 69 games played.