All-Star right-hander to return from broken nose

Updated: June 17, 2004, 4:01 PM ET
Associated Press

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

Brendan Donnelly

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.

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