Hiroyuki Kobayashi was released by the Angels on Monday. From the LA Times' Mike DiGiovanna:
Hiroyuki Kobayashi has shown a decent split-fingered fastball, which he used to strike out two batters in Sunday's split-squad game against the Chicago Cubs.
But he apparently didn't show enough of a fastball to stick with the Angels, who released the Japanese right-hander Monday morning.
... Kobayashi's agent, Alan Nero, said the Angels released the pitcher because he had virtually no chance of making the team, and the Angels wanted to give him a better chance of catching on with another club.
Junichi Tazawa finalized a one-year deal with Boston Red Sox on Monday.