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OC Register: Angels’ roster churn lands Trevor Cahill on 10-day injured list

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ANAHEIM – The Angels played their 64th game of the 2010 season on the night of June 11, an interleague game at Dodger Stadium. Their 10-1 win over the Dodgers is less than nine years old, but it may as well be remembered through sepia-toned photographs and a Ken Burns soundtrack.

Joel Piniero pitched a complete game. The Angels’ other starting pitchers – Jered Weaver, Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders, Scott Kazmir – were all healthy and active. Only nine relief pitchers had appeared in a game to that point in the season; the 10th, Rafael Rodriguez, would be called up from Triple-A Salt Lake later in the week.

Compared to how the Angels have divided their innings through the first 64 games this year, 2010 feels like a different era.

Jared Walsh packed his bags for Triple-A on Saturday, the latest casualty of the Angels’ roster churn. Pitcher Dillon Peters was formally promoted one day after he flew in from Salt Lake. Jose Suarez flew here Saturday and will make his next big league appearance against the Mariners on Sunday.

Manager Brad Ausmus said Trevor Cahill will be placed on the 10-day injured list with elbow soreness Sunday to make room for Suarez. Cahill, 31, is 2-6 with a 7.18 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) this season.

The Angels have used 25 different pitchers in their first 64 games. Cahill will be the 10th to visit the injured list – a group that already includes starters Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs and Matt Harvey. It does not include Shohei Ohtani, who figures to be part of the Angels’ rotation next season if he fully recovers from Tommy John surgery.

“The way the roster is used has changed a lot,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “It can be frustrating for a player. There can be a lot more up and down between Triple-A and the big leagues. You didn’t see that 20 years ago like you do today. Part of that is the injury factor, a steady rise in injuries, so as a result you need more available players; more optionable players. It’s not just the Angels who are doing it. It’s across the league.”

Where the Angels have broken from their recent past is their liberal use of the 10-day IL. Harvey’s back injury was not considered serious. Neither is Cahill’s elbow. Ausmus said he expects the right-hander to miss just one start, then return to the Angels’ rotation.

In March, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association reached an agreement to add five days to the minimum (non-concussion) injured list stint, from 10 to 15, beginning with the 2020 season. For a pitcher who could use a one-start break – Harvey and Cahill come to mind – even an aggressive sneeze makes the IL a viable means for rest, at least until next year.

“Having the 10-day IL makes it easier … because it’s a shorter span of time that you have to stay on IL,” Ausmus said. “The combination of those things lead to the direction it’s gone.”


In his first rehab start with Salt Lake, Harvey was roughed up by the Round Rock Express for five runs in the third inning. The right-hander couldn’t complete the inning despite throwing a total of 83 pitches (48 for strikes). His fastball, which has averaged 94 mph in the third inning of games this season, was sitting in the 89-90 mph range according to the in-house radar gun.

In 2 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed eight hits, eight runs (all earned), walked two batters and struck out three.

The news was better for Justin Upton, who played his second rehab game in as many days with advanced Class-A Inland Empire. Upton batted leadoff and played left field, his first action in the field since he sprained a ligament in his left toe in March. Upton made one catch in 5 innings, and finished 1 for 2 with a single and a walk.


Angels (TBD) vs. Mariners (LHP Wade LeBlanc), 1 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830-AM

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