A scoreless two-inning appearance that earned him the victory in Saturday night’s 11-6, 13-inning win over the Atlanta Braves came at a price for Angels reliever Fernando Salas.
The right-hander, who rebounded from a rocky start to improve to 4-0 with a 2.96 earned run average in 28 games Saturday was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of a nerve irritation in his throwing arm.
The Angels replaced Salas on the roster with Dane De Le Rosa, a right-hander who was called up from triple-A Salt Lake after spending the past three months recovering from a forearm strain and a shoulder impingement.
Salas gave up a leadoff single in a scoreless 11th inning Saturday night and retired the side in order in the 12th, “but the second inning, I felt different,” he said. “It didn’t feel like I had as much power in my arm.” Salas said he is feeling discomfort in the nerve from the shoulder down to his elbow.
Manager Mike Scioscia, who returned to the team after missing Saturday night’s game to attend funeral services for former Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch in Arizona, said Salas’ arm had been bothering him for more than a week.
“It’s lingered enough to where you want to back him off, and the only way to do that is to shut him down,” Scioscia said. “He’s making his pitches, but it’s becoming tougher for him to rebound, to get loose, things that are eventually going to affect his velocity and command, and that’s important to him.”