LOS ANGELES -- Another day, another relief pitcher to the infirmary. Dodgers pitcher Paco Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a strain of the teres major muscle. To take his place, right-hander Pedro Baez was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque before the Dodgers' second game against the Angels at Dodger Stadium.
The move was made retroactive to Monday, as Rodriguez last pitched on Sunday. The left-hander pitched two innings on Sunday against the Cubs, throwing just 22 pitches. It was his longest outing of the season, only the second time this year he recorded more than three outs in an appearance, and just the sixth time all year he pitched in two different innings.
Clayton Kershaw had the same injury as Rodriguez earlier in the season and missed roughly six weeks. There hasn't been an exact diagnosis yet for Rodriguez.
Rodriguez had just rejoined the club on Saturday when Paul Maholm was placed on the DL. Rodriguez put up a 4.35 ERA in 13 games for the Dodgers this season, with 11 strikeouts and three walks in 10⅓ innings.
This marks the third stint on the big club for Baez, who was converted to the mound from third base in 2013. The 26-year-old has pitched in two games and has allowed two runs with the Dodgers, and was 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 40 games between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque. He had a 4.76 ERA with the Isotopes in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, but among all Albuquerque relievers on the 40-man roster Baez showed the best control, with only four walks in 22⅔ innings, with 20 strikeouts.