Friday, May 13, 2005

Escobar Back on DL

RHP Kelvim Escobar returned to the 15 day disabled list Thursday thanks to a bone spur in his right elbow. The Angel starter went five innings on Wednesday, giving up four runs on six hits and taking the loss. Escobar told reporters he first felt discomfort in his elbow during his last start and he was unable to gain his normal velocity on his fastball and lost some command of his pitches.

Escobar may need to have surgery to have the spur "shaved" down. That would put him on the shelf for at least six weeks. There is also a danger of the spur breaking into "chips" which would then have to be removed.

From the LA Times:
"I don't think this is a new growth or anything that just popped up, so we're going to give the inflammation in there time to cool down and get him out there again," General Manager Bill Stoneman said. "The thinking right now is that he could be back in 15 days."

This is not what the Halos needed. With their offense still scuttling the starting pitchers have had to pick-up the slack. Bartolo Colon (who starts for the Angels tonight in Detroit) seems to be the only starter the Angels can count on. Despite getting 10 quality starts in their past 14 games, the Angel starters appear to have a propensity to melt down at any given moment. The Jekyll-and-Hyde like seasons of Washburn and Lackey are enough to send pitching coach Bud Black diving for the Maalox.

Who will take Escobar's place is not yet determined but the Times hypothesized that it would likely be either Dustin Mosely or Chris Bootcheck recalled from Salt Lake to either take Escobar's start on Tuesday or replace Kevin Gregg in the bullpen so he can start. Either way it is a big downgrade for LA.

The Angels recalled outfielder Chris Prieto from Salt Lake on Thursday to immediately fill Escobar's roster spot. Centerfielder Steve Finley has a tight right groin and Prieto can take over in center should Finley not be able to play. Prieto is a Donnellyesque type player in that he has toiled in the minors for 12 years (he is 32) and this will be his first trip to the Show.

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