ANAHEIM -- The Angels placed right-handed reliever Brian Stokes on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, retroactive to Monday, with right shoulder fatigue and recalled right-hander Bobby Cassevah from Triple-A Salt Lake to take his place on the 25-man roster.Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he expects Stokes, who has a 7.31 ERA in 15 appearances this season, to return to the club once he's eligible to come off the disabled list. "He needs to just take a step back and let his shoulder settle down," Scioscia said. "It should be a quick turnaround." Additionally, the club also rescinded the option of right-hander Matt Palmer to Salt Lake and placed him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with an acute sprain in his right shoulder.
Scioscia sticking with Fuentes as closer
ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that Brian Fuentes is still his club's closer despite the fact that the left-hander blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning on Monday in the Angels' eventual 5-4 win over the Rays in 11 innings.It was Fuentes' second blown save of the season, and it put his ERA to at 7.04 through his first eight appearances. But Scioscia said he's sticking with his current bullpen roles with Scot Shields, Kevin Jepsen and Fernando Rodney setting up Fuentes in the ninth. "It's a little premature to make wholesale changes," Scioscia said. "If things progress and we feel we'll be stronger making an adjustment, we'll do it, but right now we want this thing to play its way out with Jepsen, Shieldsy and Rodney and then Fuentes." Fuentes, who led the Majors with 48 saves last season, has fell victim to the long ball, as he has allowed three homers in just 7 2/3 innings this year. But his stuff is still there, as evidenced by his 10 strikeouts compared to just four walks. That's why Scioscia doesn't want to rush to judgment considering that 7 2/3 innings is such a small sample. But he did say they'll continue to monitor the situation moving forward if Fuentes continues to struggle. "We'll shuffle the deck if we have to, but right now there have been a couple tough appearances from Brian, but we feel we need to have our guys lined up the way they are," Scioscia said. "It's our best look and we want to see if it will keep moving forward."
Wilson's rehab stint gets under way
ANAHEIM -- Angels catcher Bobby Wilson, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion and a left ankle sprain, began his rehab assignment Tuesday night with Class A Rancho Cucamonga.Wilson, who suffered his injuries in a collision at home plate with Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira on April 23, is expected to catch five innings on Tuesday before starting behind the plate again on Wednesday. "We'll evaluate him on a daily basis and get reports," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He needs to catch a little bit and work that stiffness out."
Injured Izturis may start throwing this weekend
ANAHEIM -- Angels infielder Maicer Izturis, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list inflammation in his right shoulder on Saturday, could begin throwing this weekend."He's feeling much better so there's a possibility Izzy will start throwing this weekend," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "So he's definitely feeling good." Izturis said that his shoulder was "feeling stronger" and that he's been rehabbing it with various exercises but that he didn't know of a timetable for his return. The club is still waiting on the results of an MRI exam on his shoulder that was taken by team physician Lewis Yocum on Monday.
Angels give Ryan first start since '05
ANAHEIM -- With right-hander Jeff Niemann on the mound for the Rays on Tuesday, the Angels gave Juan Rivera the day off and sent Michael Ryan to left field in his place, marking Ryan's first Major League start in nearly five years.The left-handed-hitting Ryan, who was called up by the club on Friday after hitting .351 at Triple-A, last started in the Majors on Sept. 27, 2005, when he was with the Twins. "I'm excited," Ryan said. "I'm just going to do whatever they ask me, whether it be to start a day or pinch-hit. I'm excited to do anything so to get the chance to get out there today. Hopefully I'll do well." Ryan, 32, has appeared in three games so far this season and is 1-for-3 with a pinch-hit single that came against the Mariners on Saturday. He's a career .266 hitter over parts of five big league seasons with the Twins and the Angels. "We just wanted to give Juan some time off and give Michael some at-bats," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We wanted to get a left-handed bat in there."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.