Angels’ Disabled List Overloaded – And it’s the Pitchers!

The Angels currently have a disabled list that includes eight players, including six pitchers, five of whom if they were not injured, would not only be on the major league roster, but would own key roles on the Angels’ staff.

Heading the list is of course staff ace Jered Weaver, who is there nursing back to health his broken LEFT elbow – thankful emphasis on LFET, his non-pitching elbow. Also there is anticipated closer and high-priced free agent vet Ryan Madson, who is still on the mend from last year’s elbow surgery (yes, his pitching elbow). There is hope he may be pitching before midseason. Maybe.

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Taking another of those DL spots is another big free-agent acquisition, lefty set-up guy Scott Burnett, who has been pitching well but who was recently put there because of arm pain following game appearances, pain that has not effected his performance, but that has limited his use. No idea if the minimum two weeks will do it, or if this turns into another day-to-day >>>> full season problem.

The list also includes two veteran righty long reliever/set-up guy-types, in Kevin Jepsen and Mark Lowe. Jepsen is there with triceps tightness in his

pitching arm. Who knows what that will lead to or how long he’ll be out. Lowe has a stiff neck, and while that may be fine in a week, it could also be a nerve root irritation leading to season-ending surgery.

The only good news regarding the list is that it no longer includes Erick Aybar, who, after a single rehab appearance has been activated and is expected to be in tonight’s lineup against Oakland. Still on the list, however, are regular third baseman Alberto Callaspo, and the newest member of the group, center fielder Peter Bourjos, who was hurt in last night’s 11-inning fiasco.

When pitcher’s started falling by the wayside, the Angels brought up Dane De LA Rosa, a journeyman minor leaguer picked up during spring training from the Tampa Bay organization. Since being recalled, De La Rosa has been a real find, at least so far, filling part of the giant void in the team’s relief corp, making 12 appearances in the last 20 days, and performing as well as anyone Mike Scioscia has to put on the mound.

In another pitching-related move, and the lack of any spare part that can play the outfield after Bourjos’ injury, the team was actually forced to rid itself of a pitching body, sending Michael Roth down in order to bring up outfielder Scott Cousins. Cousins figures to be a big help – he’s a lifetime .183 hitter after parts of three seasons with the Marlins.

I wonder if he can pitch?

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