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Former UK pitcher Alex Meyer part of Twins’ trade with Angels

Minnesota Twins pitcher Alex Meyer throws against the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis on April 29, 2016.
Minnesota Twins pitcher Alex Meyer throws against the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis on April 29, 2016. AP

The Minnesota Twins traded former University of Kentucky pitcher Alex Meyer to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.

Meyer, along with fellow pitcher Ricky Nolasco and cash, was sent to L.A. for pitchers Hector Santiago and Alan Busenitz.

The deal was done Monday before the non-waiver deadline.

Meyer, a 26-year-old 6-foot-9 right-hander, was originally drafted by the Washington Nationals. They traded him to the Minnesota organization prior to the 2013 season.

He hasn’t pitched since May 3 because of right shoulder strain, but he was rehabbing at the Twins’ minor league facility in Fort Myers, Fla., and is close to a return, according to a report on the Angels’ website. He was 1-1 with a 1.04 ERA at Triple-A Rochester before being sidelined.

He has struggled in his short time in the majors, posting an 0-1 record with a 14.21 ERA in four games, two each in 2015 and 2016.

The Angels’ report said the team views Meyer as a starting pitcher long term.

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