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Angels reliever Dane De La Rosa diagnosed with forearm strain

Angels reliever Dane De La Rosa diagnosed with forearm strain
Angels pitcher Dane De La Rosa gave up a walk, a hit batsman, a single and a grand slam to the first four Dodgers batters he faced Thursday in Tempe, Ariz. (Morry Gash / Associated Press)

TEMPE, Ariz. — An MRI test showed that Angels reliever Dane De La Rosa suffered a forearm strain in Thursday's exhibition game against the Dodgers.

There were no significant tears or foreign bodies in the elbow, which the right-hander said was an "absolute relief," but there is still a chance De La Rosa will have to open the season on the disabled list.

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"Right now, rest is prescribed," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're going to let it calm down for a little bit. How long, I don't know. It's still feasible he could be ready for opening day, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it."

De La Rosa, who went 6-1 with a 2.86 earned run average and a team-high 20 holds in 75 games last season, gave up a walk, a hit batsman, a single and a grand slam to the first four batters he faced Thursday.

"I couldn't feel the ball," De La Rosa said. "There were a few times I had no idea where the ball was going. I couldn't feel my fingertips."

De La Rosa had not conferred with doctors about a rehabilitation plan as of Friday morning, so there is no timetable for his return yet.

"We're going to attack it aggressively so I can get back as soon as possible," De La Rosa said. "I'm not a doctor, but from what the MRI results were, it seems like it will be pretty quick."

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