It's being diagnosed as tendonitis, and the move is retroactive to his last game before the break so he may only miss one start...
Escobar to miss start due to tendinitis
By Doug Padilla, Staff writer
ANAHEIM - Kelvim Escobar went on the disabled list Friday with elbow tendinitis and because of a communication mix-up he nearly went into a rage as well.
Since Escobar came out of his July 6 start at Oakland with a sore elbow ligament, the Angels chose the DL as a precaution. The right-hander had an MRI on Thursday that showed no structural damage.
When Escobar arrived to the ballpark Friday all he knew was that he would miss his next scheduled start, but he knew nothing about having to miss 15 days of action. It seems that Escobar was unaware that a DL stint is retroactive to the last game played.
"I don't know what's going on," Escobar said shortly after arriving in the clubhouse. "I don't think I'm going to be very happy if they put me on the DL without my knowledge and they haven't talked to me."
A brief meeting with manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Bud Black cleared up the confusion. It was explained that his DL stint was retroactive to July 7 and he would be eligible to rejoin the rotation next Saturday.
The timeframe was same as if his start was skipped, but by putting Escobar on the DL the Angels were able to recall a player. Howie Kendrick was brought up for the time being.
Joe Saunders, who is 10-3 with a 2.51 ERA in 19 starts at Triple-A Salt Lake, is the likely candidate to pitch in that spot.
"I didn't want to go on the DL for 15 more days," said Escobar, who signed a three-year, $28.5 million contract extension May 31. "I didn't need that. It should be fine."
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax