Former South Carolina left-hander Michael Roth has returned to the major leagues for the third time this season.
Roth was recalled by the Los Angeles Angels from Double-A Arkansas before Thursday’s game to take the roster spot of Tommy Hanson, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right forearm tightness, according to the Los Angeles Times.
His first call to the major league team came in mid-April, when he made seven appearances – which included one start -- before being returned to Arkansas. He came back up in mid-May and made two more appearances. He has compiled a 1-1 record with an ERA of 9.00 over 14 innings.
In his time at Arkansas this season, Roth, a ninth-round pick of the Angels in the 2012 MLB draft after a stellar four-year career at USC, has posted a 2-2 mark with a 3.61 ERA over 47 1/3 innings in 10 appearances, eight of them starts.
Earlier Thursday, Roth tweeted out, “Third times a charm right?!?!?”
Making the start Wednesday in place of Hanson was right-hander Billy Buckner, another former USC pitcher. Buckner, who played for the Gamecocks in 2004, gave up three runs on seven hits in three innings in a win over Detroit.