ANAHEIM, Calif. Seven days is a long time. For Jordan Walden, it must have felt like an eternity.
That's how long it had been since he pitched in a game for the Angels. Seven days of torture, seven days of sitting in the bullpen, watching games and waiting for the phone to ring.
Walden knew the reason. It was a cruel demotion, handed down after some early season struggles. In one swift motion, he went from closer to a mop-up role, a guy hoping to get in games so he could prove himself again.
"There's nothing you can do about it," he said the other day. "You've just got to wait for your opportunity."
It came Thursday night, and now Walden thinks he might be on his way back. More important, so does manager Mike Scioscia.
Walden lost his job because of an inability to throw his slider for strikes, but after several bullpen sessions and a scoreless inning of work against the Toronto Blue Jays, there is at least a sense that good things might be happ...