04/14/2013 2:40 AM ET
De La Rosa at home with Halos
By William Boor / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- When the Angels placed Jered Weaved on the 15-day disabled list and called Dane De La Rosa up from Triple-A Salt Lake, the right-handed reliever got the chance to fulfill a bit of a childhood dream.
No, De La Rosa was not making his Major League debut, but as a Southern California native, this opportunity felt more authentic than his true debut, which took place with the Rays in 2011.
"It's just cool being able to play on the West Coast, actually showing my family and friends that I do play baseball," De La Rosa said. "I don't think they believed me for the past few years, just because I've been so far away. It's just nice to be around family and I've had a lot of friends come out."
De La Rosa grew up in Torrance, Calif., approximately 30 miles from Angel Stadium and has fond memories of attending games as a kid, but the journey from Riverside Community College to the Angel Stadium bullpen was a lot more complicated than the 45-minute drive he used to make.
De La Rosa, acquired by the Angels on March 27 in a trade that sent Steve Geltz to Tampa Bay, was drafted by the Yankees in the 24th round of the 2002 Draft, released after the 2004 season, played independent baseball in 2005 and sat out '06.
Except for a brief stint with the Brewers' organization, De La Rosa spent 2007-'09 back in independent baseball before signing with Tampa Bay in '10.
In 7 1/3 innings with the Rays in '11, De La Rosa posted a 9.82 ERA. Last season, De La Rosa appeared in five games and posted a 12.60 ERA.
"Trying to explain to someone you play in Double-A or Triple-A for this team [is confusing,]" De La Rosa said. "They ask if you really play for the team or what the deal is, so it was nice [to finally get that call]."
The road was neither easy nor conventional, but De La Rosa's desire to reach the Majors kept him focused despite the lengthy journey.
"Just knowing this is what I want to do with my life [kept me going]," De La Rosa said. "This is the career I've chosen. I [knew] I could compete at the highest level if I was given the right direction."
De La Rosa, who considers himself an aggressive pitcher with a fastball, slider, slurve and changeup, has made two appearances for the Angels, allowing one earned run in 3 2/3 innings.
Aybar, Jepsen join Weaver on disabled list
ANAHEIM -- After placing Jered Weaver on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, infielder Erick Aybar and right-hander Kevin Jepsen were added on Saturday.
Aybar is on the DL with a bruised heel, which he suffered in Tuesday's game while lunging to first base as he attempted to beat out an infield single. Jepsen has a right shoulder strain, which has been bothering him since Spring Training.
To counteract those moves, J.B. Shuck, who was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, was recalled. The Angels also selected the contract of right-hander Michael Roth and designated Scott Cousins for assignment.
"Erick's not making enough progress," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He made a lot of progress the first day and our medical staff really feels he needs another week to 10 days, which puts him in line for a guy that needs time on the DL."
Aybar hit .321 in the seven games prior to his injury. Jepsen pitched six times in the team's first nine games and posted a 9.82 ERA.
"I'm not able to make the pitches I need to make," Jepsen said. "I haven't been able to throw a decent breaking ball all season."
Jepsen said his velocity is fine, but his right shoulder and triceps area really bothers him when he first begins to warm up, as well as when he finishes his pitches.
Jepsen noticed the discomfort in the beginning of the season, but said he was able to escape his first couple outings.
"I got away with it early in the season, but not being able to get the ball to the outside of the plate is not good," Jepsen said. "It's not going away and I'm not able to make the pitches I need to make to be effective.
Jepsen's inability to locate pitches caught up to him recently as he allowed four runs in the seventh inning of Tuesday's loss to the A's.
Moving forward, the reliever plans to get an MRI and stop throwing for the next few days.
Roth earns win in Major League debut
ANAHEIM -- Outfielder J.B. Shuck and right-hander Michael Roth were recalled to Anaheim on Saturday as Erick Aybar and Kevin Jepsen were put on the disabled list.
Shuck, who was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday evening, never had a chance to report to the Minors.
"I had everything packed up, my flight was supposed to be this morning, then they called me and said to just hang out," Shuck said.
Shuck led off and played left field on Saturday -- the fourth leadoff hitter in as many days for the Angels -- and went 1-for-4 with a walk.
Roth, meanwhile, made a sparkling Major League debut, throwing two shutout innings with four strikeouts to earn the win in relief.
"It's a good feeling to see a youngster take the ball for the first time and get out there," manager Mike Scioscia said. "His makeup is off the charts. He got out there, competed and earned his first win."
Roth made one appearance for Double-A Arkansas this season, a start on Tuesday in which he pitched five shutout innings.
Trout, Hamilton receive hardware before game
ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout had a historic season last year, hitting .326 with 30 home runs, 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases.
The 21-year old outfielder became the eighth player to unanimously win the Rookie off the Year Award and the second Angels player to do so, joining Tim Salmon in 1993.
Prior to Saturday's game -- which was also Mike Trout bobblehead night -- Trout was presented with his award in a ceremony behind home plate.
After receiving his Rookie of the Year Award, Trout and right fielder Josh Hamilton were presented with their Silver Slugger Awards from last season.
Hamilton hit .285 with 43 homers and 128 RBIs for the Rangers last year.
• Alberto Callaspo -- recovering from a strained right calf -- is doing "much better," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Hopefully, Alberto's deal is short term and we'll see how he progresses the next two or three days."
• The Angels signed Kip Wells to a Minor League contract as he will be the fifth starter in the rotation at Triple-A Salt Lake. Wells appeared in seven games for the Padres last season and posted a 4.58 ERA.
• Ryan Madson is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session on Sunday.
• Josh Hamilton is hitting .179 and has yet to hit a home run this season, but the slugger feels his at-bats have been getting better and his manager agrees.
"I know he'd like a couple more hits to fall in, our team needs some of those to fall in, but this guy is going to be productive," Scioscia said. "The quality of his at-bats from his first 10 to where he is [now has improved]."
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.