Joe Smith finally succumbed to the injury that has long been hindering him. The Angels placed their setup man on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained left hamstring, convinced he needed a break because of supplementary soreness.
“It’s one of those things where once I started getting sore in abnormal areas, that set off some caution flags,” Smith said.
“When you start getting sore in other places, it affects your delivery.”
Smith first felt the strain May 19 at Angel Stadium while he warmed up to pitch the ninth inning against the Dodgers.
He felt it again on the mound when he struck out Yasiel Puig, and it has bothered him daily since.
Smith could not pitch in recent days, and so his listing is retroactive to Saturday, meaning he can be activated June 20.
The Angels also recalled right-hander Mike Morin from triple-A Salt Lake and designated right-hander Javy Guerra for assignment, bringing back Morin after only one minor league appearance.
He was used in a mop-up situation in Tuesday’s fourth inning, but Manager Mike Scioscia said he will be in consideration for eighth-inning hold opportunities while Smith is out.
Morin said he was confident he could rebound from the 5.48 earned-run average he posted in his first stint.
“It wasn’t like I went completely off the rails,” he said. “It was an untimely pitch here, an untimely pitch there.”
Morin regretted two in particular, poorly located changeups to Houston’s Carlos Correa and the Dodgers’ Trayce Thompson, two home runs that accounted for five of the 13 runs he gave up in 211/3 innings.
Tim Lincecum threw 95 pitches over five innings for Salt Lake in Reno. The right-hander struck out six batters, walked two and gave up three hits, with his velocity hovering from 89 to 91 mph. Lincecum’s plan was to make his next start for the Angels on Sunday, but he told reporters that he will start once more for Salt Lake, Sunday in Fresno. He would then be on track to make his Angels debut in Oakland on June 17 or 18. … Andrelton Simmons will take Wednesday off and then play the next two days as part of his rehab assignment with Class-A Inland Empire. He could rejoin the Angels on Saturday. … The Angels bought 26-year-old right-hander Jose Valdez from Detroit and designated left-hander Chris Jones for assignment to place Valdez on their 40-man roster. A hard-throwing reliever, he has thrown nine career major league innings.