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Angels put Garrett Richards on DL; Joel Pineiro to get start

Angelslogo The Angels made a series of roster moves Tuesday, placing rookie right-hander Garrett Richards on the 15-day disabled list with a right abductor strain and optioning infielder Andrew Romine to Triple A Salt Lake. Pitchers Trevor Bell and Horacio Ramirez were recalled from Salt Lake to take their places.

Richards threw just 19 pitches against Texas In his second big-league start Monday before leaving with his injury. That forced the Angels to go deep into their bullpen, so Bell and Ramirez were called up to give the Angels some fresh arms in relief.

The Angels also announced right-hander Joel Pineiro, banished to the bullpen, will return to the rotation in Richards' spot Saturday against Baltimore. Pineiro (5-6, 5.34) hasn't won since July 9, going 0-3 with an 11.39 ERA since the All-Star break.
-- Kevin Baxter

Angels' Joel Pineiro remains stuck on 99 wins

Angels6 For the fourth time the Angels' Joel Pineiro took the mound in search of his 100th career victory Tuesday -- and for the fourth time he came away empty.

Only this time the right-hander has no one to blame but himself.

Pineiro botched an apparent inning-ending double play ball in the third, side-arming his throw into center field, and the Kansas City Royals took advantage by scoring five times en route to a 7-3 victory, just their second win in 10 games.

The Angels gave Pineiro a 2-0 lead in the first when four of their first five batters singled, the final two hits run-scoring singles by Alberto Callaspo and Mark Trumbo on full-count pitches. Two innings later, they loaded the bases against Royals starter Jeff Francis (2-5) but failed to score.

And that proved to be a turning point in the game because in Kansas City's half of the third, Chris Getz bunted for a one-out single and Alcides Escobar followed by bouncing a pitch right back to the mound. Pineiro fielded the ball cleanly, spun and had plenty of time to throw to second but he rushed it and ball sailed untouched into center field.

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Rays beat Angels on walkoff wild pitch, 2-1

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Tampa Bay's James Shields may be the hottest pitcher in baseball. But for a time Saturday, he also seemed to be the unluckiest as well.

After coming within three outs of a third consecutive complete game and second straight shutout, Shields had to watch from the dugout as the Angels rallied to send the game into extra innings before the Rays staged a rally of their own to win, 2-1, on Fernando Rodney's two-out, two-strike wild pitch in the 10th.

Matt Joyce, whose home run leading off the fifth gave Tampa Bay its first run, started the 10th with an opposite-field double to left, then moved to third on a groundout. With Felipe Lopez at the plate, Rodney bounced a two-strike pitch that skipped off catcher Hank Conger and bounced toward the Tampa Bay dugout as Joyce raced home without a throw.

Shields, who set down the first 13 Angels in order, had allowed just five singles through eight innings and was in trouble just once, when the Angels loaded the bases on three consecutive one-out singles in the fifth. But the right-hander, who matched a career high with 12 strikeouts, escaped the jam when he  struck out Peter Bourjos and Alexi Amarista.

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Angels pitcher Joel Pineiro goes 5 2/3 innings in rehab start

Joel-pineiro_225 Angels right-hander Joel Pineiro, on the disabled list because of right shoulder tightness, allowed three unearned runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings of a rehabilitation start for Class-A Inland Empire against High Desert on Monday night.

Pineiro struck out two, walked two and threw 71 pitches. His throwing error on a sacrifice bunt in the third inning paved the way for High Desert to score three runs, two of them on a double by Denny Almonte.

Though he fell behind on several counts early in the game, Pineiro seemed to get stronger as the game went on, and he showed no signs of discomfort. Pineiro will be evaluated Tuesday, and barring setback, he will either join the Angels rotation this weekend or make one more rehab start before being activated.

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Photo: Angels starting pitcher Joel Pineiro during an exhibition game. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Angels' Pineiro has return pushed back

Pineiro_300 The Angels had hoped to have Joel Pineiro back in their rotation for their first homestand of the season next week. But the right-hander came out of his most recent bullpen session with some soreness in his right shoulder, forcing the Angels to scrap his scheduled minor league rehab start and leaving the team uncertain when he will pitch again.

"He's got some recurring tightness back up behind the shoulder," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're going to push him back at least one turn just to make sure we get it all worked out. We don't think it's going to be a huge setback."

The new plan calls for Pineiro to long toss off flat ground next week in Tampa and if he comes out of that OK, he could throw a bullpen session when the team gets home next weekend.

The Angels won't need a fifth starter until April 12 against Cleveland at Angel Stadium. That spot was supposed to go to Pineiro, who had a good spring, going 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA. That's unlikely to happen now. In Pineiro's absence, the Angels could promote either Matt Palmer or Trevor Bell from the minors to his place.

"We do have some wiggle room to where we can move some things around," said Scioscia, whose team has two days off in the season's first eight days. "Joel's got a little bit of time. We want him in the rotation. He's important to us. But right now we've got a little bit of time to make sure that he's sound when he takes the ball. We're going to make sure he's healthy."

Pineiro threw 59 pitches in a minor league game earlier this week and came out of that feeling fine. But his sore shoulder stiffened up following a bullpen session Thursday in Kansas City, forcing the Angels to pull him from a scheduled rehab game Sunday in Arizona.

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-- Kevin Baxter in Kansas City, Mo.

Photo: Joel Pineiro. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Battered Angels getting better

Pineiro_275 The Angels went into Thursday's season opener in Kansas City with three key players -- first baseman Kendrys Morales, reliever Scott Downs and right-hander Joel Pineiro -- on the disabled list. But all three are making progress in their recoveries and could be back sooner than anticipated.

Morales, whose power bat the Angels' desperately need, took grounders at first base for the first time in more than a week and could be sent out for a rehab assignment when the minor-league season begins April 7.

"He still has a progression of running and running 100%," Scioscia said of Morales, who has been sidelined since breaking an ankle last May. "Once he's running 100% and he recovers the next day, he's ready to go play in games. He will definitely be running on this road trip, and then he'll be able to evaluate and see where he is and how far away he is."

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Angels' Pineiro has spring in his step

Joel Pineiro has been coming to spring training for 14 years, but he says he's never had one as effortless as this one.

"I don’t remember … having this kind of spring," he says. "I don’t know, it’s just weird."

On Thursday Pineiro cruised through his scheduled four-inning outing against the Kansas City Royals so efficiently he had to go to the bullpen afterward to get more work in. He gave up a run on four hits and struck out two. The run was the first Pineiro has allowed in nine innings.

Compare that to his first spring with the Angels last year when he allowed 12 runs and 29 hits in 24 2/3 innings.

"Once you get to that age, 30, 32, you just become more experienced. You know your body," says Pineiro, 32. "You learn your body. Maybe more running, more stretching."

On the other hand, though, the spring has always been kind to Pineiro no matter what the numbers say. The right-hander hasn't lost a spring decision since 2006, his final season with the Mariners. That's a streak of 26 appearances and 16 starts.

-- Kevin Baxter in Tempe, Ariz.

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