ANAHEIM (CBS/AP)   — The Los Angeles Angels have acquired right-hander Chad Smith from the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.

The Angels announced the deal Friday.

Los Angeles also recalled 31-year-old right-hander Ryan Mattheus (he pitched for the Washington Nationals from 2011-2014) and optioned Efren Navarro to Triple-A Salt Lake.

The A’s designated Smith for assignment on Thursday after he struggled in two major league appearances. He gave up four runs while getting just one out Wednesday at Minnesota.

Smith made his major league debut last June for the Detroit Tigers, but was designated for assignment in February. The Tigers drafted him in the 17th round in 2011.

Smith was assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake.

He was 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA and two saves for Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate in Nashville this season.

The hard-throwing righty has pitched in a dozen major league games over the past two seasons.

“He gives us continued depth in our Triple-A bullpen,” Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told

Smith is a Thousand Oaks native who pitched at USC, where he was a teammate of Angels infielder Grant Green.

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