Los Angeles Dodgers place reliever Paco Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow strain
The move is retroactive to May 30, and in a corresponding roster move the team recalled pitcher Matt West from Triple-A Oklahoma City. West was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this month and had three appearances with the Texas Rangers last season.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Rodriguez had trouble extending and finishing off pitches after he experienced a drop in velocity. He was sent back to Los Angeles for further evaluation and is set for an MRI to see if there is any further damage to the elbow.
"He's not really having any pain, per se, but we know he's having trouble getting extended and finishing pitches," Mattingly said. "So we're going to try and catch this before it gets to anything.
Mattingly said that West is a player that can go extended innings and give the bullpen some relief if needed.
"He's a guy with some length," Mattingly said. "We don't know a whole lot about him, just that the arm is live and knowing that he's got length and is a guy who is fresh and ready to go."
Rodriguez has a 2.61 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, with four holds in 18 appearances this season. Los Angeles (29-20) is in first place in the National League West.
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