ANGELS NOTEBOOK : ABBOTT'S REPLACEMENT, `PEP,' MAKES IT TO ANAHEIM IN TIME.
They did, and right-handed pitcher Hernando Petrocelli ``Pep'' Harris was called up to replace Abbott on the roster.
Harris goes by Pep because it's a family nickname. His family decided he couldn't be called ``Pet,'' which is his middle name shortened. So it became Pep.
But the 23-year-old native of Lancaster, S.C., has shown the Angels enough pep to be called up. He started the season at Double-A Midland and was promoted to Vancouver on May 7 after a 2-2 mark and 5.31 ERA in six starts. Since then, Harris has gone 9-3 with a 4.56 ERA in 18 starts.
He appeared in the Hall of Fame game Aug. 5 in Cooperstown, N.Y., going seven innings and giving up three runs and six hits against Montreal.
He also showed pep in getting to that game, flying from Vancouver to New York, with stops in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
When he found out he was going to the majors for the first time, he got up at 7 a.m. Wednesday to make the 9:30 flight.
``I made sure I wasn't gonna miss that plane,'' he said in the clubhouse before Wednesday's game. ``I'm tired. But if they call me, I'll be ready.''
Harris, who came to the Angels with Jason Grimsley in a trade from Cleveland for Brian Anderson in February, will be in the bullpen.
Reunion: Growing up in Miami, catcher Jorge Fabregas often saw Gloria Estefan, her husband, Emilio, and other members of the Miami Sound Machine, because Emilio Estefan and Fabregas' father, Jose, go to the same barber. Fabregas has memories of talking with Emilio Estefan at that same Miami barber shop and at a recording studio.
It was that connection that got Fabregas a backstage pass to Tuesday night's Gloria Estefan concert at neighboring Anaheim Arena.
``I called his secretary up, gave them a ring,'' he said. ``Because it was sold out, I was lucky to get in.''
Since Fabregas played Tuesday night, the concert was over by the time he got to the arena around 11 p.m.
``We hung out, talked a bit. He asked me how everything was going,'' Fabregas said of his 15-minute conversation with the Estefans.
He told them about tagging out Sandy Alomar at the plate to help preserve the Angels' 4-2 victory Tuesday night.
``I told them we got a win, which is the biggest thing,'' he said.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Aug 15, 1996|
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