The Dodgers placed relief pitcher Chris Perez on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle injury, the team announced today in a press release. Signed in the off-season to a one-year $2.3 million contract, Perez is a two-time All Star with 123 saves from 2010-2013 as the Indians closer. This season with Los Angeles, Perez has appeared in 42 games, going 0-3 with a 5.03 ERA. He’s held left-handed hitters to a .211 average and has 30 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings.
Taking Perez’s spot on the active roster is Carlos Frias who was called up Triple-A Albuquerque. The 24-year old Frias opened the year at Double-A Chattanooga, going 2-1 in five starts before earning the promotion to Albuquerque. In 16 games with the Isotopes, Frias won eight of his twelve decisions. The 6’4”, 190 pound right hander is a native of the Dominican Republic.
Because Frias was not on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers had to create room by transferring Paul Maholm to the 60-day disabled list. A ten-year veteran, Maholm tore the ACL in his right knee. Used as a spot starter, long man, and lefty specialist, he appeared in 30 games with Los Angeles this season, eight of them starts. The 32-year old posted a 1-5 record and a 4.84 earned run average. He becomes a free agent at the end of this season after signing a one-year deal at $1.5 million.
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