Transaction Guy notes that
Salmon's activation means Quinlan's deactivation, and that Kotchman, by extension, will be an everyday player at first. Kotchman now has a -5.5 VORP, where Robb Quinlan was +1.3. Translated, the Angels sent down the wrong guy. I don't think this will last much longer, though, even if Erstad takes his time coming back. Especially, they'll have a hard time justifying Kotchman's everyday at bats if the Angels start slipping in the standings
, which they have been; the club's now in second place, back by a game.
Giving a rookie who's clearly struggling against major league pitching more at bats to prove he's struggling just doesn't make any sense. It's gotta be wrecking his confidence. Send him down, and do it soon, before it hurts the team even further.