Brian Fuentes hits DL; Fernando (Rodney) mania returns to LA

Los Angeles Angels closer Brian Fuentes(notes) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to back stiffness. Details here via the Orange County Register:

Fuentes hadn’t pitched since Opening Night and hadn’t even played catch for a few days after feeling the stiffness in his side/back while working out last week — not that he had missed out on a lot of save opportunities.

Because he hasn’t pitched since April 5, the move is retroactive and Fuentes will be eligible to come off the DL next Wednesday.

Fernando Rodney(notes) steps into the closer role in the interim.

Rodney shut the door 37 times for Detroit last season, and he recorded only one blown save, despite the ugly ratios (4.40 ERA, 1.47 WHIP). He's 25 percent-owned in Yahoo! leagues at the moment. Rodney is a sketchy option, sure, but he's a closer again, at least for one week. Do what must be done. He's followed in the Angels' bullpen hierarchy by Kevin Jepsen(notes) and Scot Shields(notes).


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