Los Angeles Angels: Fernando Salas’ Injury Opens Opportunity For Dane De La Rosa

Dane De La Rosa

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels placed reliever Fernando Salas on the DL because of lingering nerve irritation in his throwing arm, and it was right move for them. The move will allow Salas to rest his arm and come back even stronger after his 15-day DL stint, which is important as he’s been a consistent arm that the team will need down the stretch.

What this decision also does for the Halos is open up a roster spot for Dane De La Rosa, who has only made two appearances in 2014 and spent the better part of the past three months recovering from a forearm strain that he initially suffered early in Spring Training. The addition of De La Rosa has the potential to make a big impact on the team as he excelled in the role of long reliever last season.

The 31-year-old was a reliable and durable reliever in 2013, which included him owning a sub-1.00 ERA in three months of the season. He finished the final two months of the year with a lights-out 0.41 ERA, 19 strikeouts, 1o holds, two saves and just 11 hits allowed in 22.o innings pitched. These numbers show how dominant he can be for the Angels’ bullpen, which is still trying to find its identity early in the season.

This move has the potential to provide major help to a Halos bullpen that currently ranks 22nd in ERA (4.36), 18th in BAA (.243), and is third in most home runs allowed (24) through 66 games played in 2014. If De La Rosa is able to recapture his 2013 form and Salas returns from the DL as the same pitcher he was prior to his injury, Los Angeles has a chance of having one of league’s better bullpens.

Bob Garcia IV is a sports writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Bgarcia90. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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