ANAHEIM, CA -- The Angels Monday placed right-hander pitcher Francisco Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 15) due to a strained right forearm. To replace Rodriguez on the 25-man roster, the Angels selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta from triple-A Salt Lake. To make room on the 40-man roster for Peralta, the club designated outfielder Chris Prieto for assignment. These announcements were made by the Angels Vice President/General Manager Bill Stoneman.
Rodriguez, 23, is 1-1 with 10 saves and 2.25 ERA (16 IP - 4 ER) in the 14 appearances. He suffered the injury while pitching in the first game of the doubleheader, May 14 at Detroit. Rodriguez ranks tied for seventh in the AL in saves and has posted a save in his last seven appearances. He has struck out at least one batter in all 14 appearances. In 2004, Rodriguez posted 123 strikeouts to establish a club record for relievers. He was selected by fans as the 2004 Major League "Set Up Man of the Year" as conducted by the MLB.com and finished tied for fourth in American League Cy Young Award balloting by the BBWAA. Rodriguez was also named to the AL All-Star Team.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Rodriguez owns a 13-5 career record with 24 saves and a 2.35 ERA (191.2 IP - 50 ER) in 147 games. His ERA ranks forth best in club history. Rodriguez was originally signed by the Angels as a minor league free agent, Sept. 2, 1998.
Peralta, 29, was 4-1 with seven saves ad a 2.60 ERA (17.1 - 5 ER) in 16 games at Salt Lake. He allowed nine hits, walked five and struck out 16. Peralta's first appearance with the Angels will be his major league debut.
A native of Banoa, Dominican Republic, Peralta was originally signed by the Angels as a free agent, Feb. 25, 1999.
Prieto, 32, is batting .296 (29/98) with one home run and eight RBI in 28 games at Salt Lake. He was recalled by the Angels, May 12, and optioned, May 17. Prieto made his major league debut at age 32, May 14 at Detroit (Game 2), and finished 0-for-1 with a sacrifice bunt. Overall, he was 0-for-2 with the Angels in two games.
Originally selected by Dan Diego in the 24th round of the 1993 free agent draft, Prieto was signed by the Angels as a free agent, Dec. 14, 2004.