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Angels call up Adenhart

Williamsport grad slated to make major league pitching debut tonight

May 01, 2008|By BOB PARASILITI

Nick Adenhart is going to 'The Show.'

The 2004 graduate of Williamsport High School is expected to make his Major League Baseball debut tonight, taking the mound for the Los Angeles Angels when they face the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif.

The Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site Wednesday that Adenhart was to be promoted from Triple-A Salt Lake City, where he had a 4-0 record and an earned run average of 0.87 (less than one earned run allowed per nine innings pitched).

Adenhart's stepfather, Duane Gigeous, said the 21-year-old right-hander was on a plane Wednesday afternoon, heading to Los Angeles. Adenhart, who last pitched Sunday, and the Bees were playing a four-game series in Memphis when he got the call, Gigeous said.

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Word of Adenhart's promotion spread quickly in Washington County.

Text messages were reaching friends and relatives early Wednesday and an e-mail was sent to The Herald-Mail. It was the topic of discussion at a Rotary Club meeting at Municipal Stadium during the Hagerstown Suns afternoon game.

Attempts to reach Adenhart were unsuccessful because of his travel. Calls were made to Salt Lake City's front office, but a team spokesman said the Bees were not notified of any moves concerning Adenhart as of Wednesday morning.

If Adenhart pitches tonight, he will be starting on three days rest after pitching eight innings in Salt Lake City's 8-1 Pacific Coast League win over Fresno.

He will replace Dustin Moseley in the Angels' rotation. Moseley, who beat out Adenhart for the final roster spot during spring training, has been sent to the bullpen after going 1-2 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts.

Los Angeles drafted Adenhart in the 14th round of the 2004 draft, even though he was about to undergo reconstructive elbow surgery. He was projected to be one of the first players selected in that draft before he injured his elbow.

In a March interview with The Herald-Mail, Adenhart discussed a potential call-up to the big leagues.

"I want to put myself in a situation where (the Angels) can't have any doubts in their minds that I can do the job when they call on me," he said. "I have set my goals and I know what they are. Right now, I'm just working to get better with each pitch, each inning and each game to get ready."

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