Originally created 06/18/04

Donnelly activated by Angels



ANAHEIM, Calif. -- All-Star reliever Brendan Donnelly was activated from the disabled list Thursday by the Anaheim Angels.

Donnelly had missed the entire season after breaking his nose in 20 places in a spring training accident. He was injured March 9 while shagging flies during batting practice, and doctors said he lost half the blood in his body.

He needed several trips to the hospital and three operations.

The 32-year-old right-hander spent more than 10 seasons in the minors before making his big league debut with Anaheim in 2002. He was 1-1 with a 2.17 ERA in 46 games as a key member of the team's bullpen that year in helping the Angels win the World Series.

Last year was even better, as Donnelly went 2-2 with a 1.58 ERA with three saves in a team-leading 63 appearances. His 0.38 ERA before the All-Star break was the lowest in the majors in 14 seasons, and he was the winning pitcher in the All-Star game.

To make room for Donnelly, left-hander Dusty Bergman was designated for assignment.