De La Rosa activated off DL, optioned to Triple-A

Los Angeles Angels at Baltimore Orioles June 11, 2013Having exceeded his limit for a rehab assignment, the Angels activated reliever Dane De La Rosa off the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.

Pitchers on the DL can’t be on a rehab assignment longer than 30 days – it’s 20 days for position players – and Monday marked De La Rosa’s 30th day with the Salt Lake Bees, a team he’ll continue to pitch for without accruing Major League service time.

De La Rosa, 31, posted a 2.86 ERA while leading the Angels with 75 relief appearances last season, but has dealt with injuries throughout 2014. The journeyman right-hander was affected by a forearm strain in Spring Training, experienced a sharp dip in velocity during his season debut on April 12 and has spent the rest of the time recovering from irritation in his right s/c joint.

De La Rosa began his rehab assignment on May 4, shut it down for a week and a half from May 11-20, then posted a 5.14 ERA in seven one-inning appearances upon returning. Angels manager Mike Scioscia has said De La Rosa’s velocity is getting more consistent, but needs to see better command before re-inserting him in his bullpen.

Josh Hamilton is expected to be activated off the DL for Tuesday’s series opener against the Astros, after spending eight weeks recovering from surgery in his left thumb. Hamilton is taking the roster spot of right-hander Jarrett Grube, who was optioned to Triple-A after Sunday’s game. The Angels will temporarily go to a six-man bullpen, with Matt Shoemaker — pushed back, and likely starting Saturday — can provide some length over the next couple of days if needed.

Alden

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