It looks like the A's can gain ground if they start winning, the Angels staff is actually more beat up than the A's,
CLEVELAND (AP) - Los Angeles Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez has a mild strain in his right forearm and was not available to pitch in Monday night's series opener against the Cleveland Indians.
Rodriguez, who has 10 saves in 11 tries, felt some tightness in his arm on Saturday after getting a save in the first game of a doubleheader in Detroit. The right-hander underwent an MRI and was examined by one of Cleveland's team doctors.
The Angels were still awaiting test results.
"He felt much better today," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's not concerned, but we're going to err on the side of caution. It should be a matter of days and not weeks."
Rodriguez, in his first season as a closer, has recorded a save in his past seven appearances. While he's out, Scioscia will use either Brendan Donnelly or Scot Shields in save situations. Shields has two saves this season.
Also a starter down.
The Angels are now trying to replace Kelvim Escobar, who is out with an elbow problem.