Billy Buckner received a not-so-lovely departing gift Sunday. One day after giving up two hits in five scoreless innings of a 7-0 win over the Kansas City Royals, the Los Angeles Angels right-hander was designated for assignment.
"It's a business, and I understand it," said Buckner, who will return to Triple-A Salt Lake if he clears waivers. "They have a lot of guys coming off the disabled list. Someone has to go."
Buckner was replaced by reliever Kevin Jepsen, who was activated after missing six weeks because of a shoulder strain and got Jeff Francoeur to pop to second with two on to end the seventh inning Sunday.