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Angels in the bullpen: Relief pitcher Dane De La Rosa cares for injured bird during game

Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Dane De La Rosa earned himself a halo during Thursday night's game against the Oakland Athletics.

While downtime in dugouts and bullpens can sometimes lead to ballplayer hijinks, on this particular night it led De La Rosa to play veterinarian. He noticed an injured pigeon near the Angels bullpen at Oakland's Coliseum then proceeded to cup it in his hands and take it back to the bullpen bench.

During the next few pitches, De La Rosa made his way back to the Angels dugout and eventually into the team's clubhouse where we have to presume he sought help and got the bird checked out.

De La Rosa forged enough of a bond to give the pigeon a name, Randy, and then updated us after the game via Twitter about Randy's status.

Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson — who got the win Thursday night for the Angels — offered this:

After handling the bird problem, De La Rosa returned to his main gig. You know, pitching. He was called upon in the eighth inning and put away the A's in 1-2-3 fashion.

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