ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels placed shortstop Erick Aybar on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, in part because of a nagging oblique injury and in part because of the team's desperate need for pitching following Saturday's 14-inning win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The team recalled reliever Francisco Rodriguez from Triple-A Salt Lake.
The Angels used nine of the 11 pitchers on their roster in Saturday's game, including starter Dan Haren.
Also, the Angels recalled 21-year-old right-hander Tyler Chatwood to start Monday night's game against the Cleveland Indians and activated left-handed reliever Scott Downs from the 15-day disabled list.
Manager Mike Scioscia had run out of relievers when he asked Haren to jog down to the bullpen and Haren was "all for it," Scioscia said. It was Haren's first relief appearance since October 2004, when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Scioscia's only other option was to use a position player on the mound, something he has never done.
"I don't think there's ever a situation where you say, 'Let's lose in nine instead of winning in 14 or whatever it was,' but there are ramifications to every move you're going to make," Scioscia said. "The only thing that would have been really uncomfortable would have been Dan Haren throwing three or four innings. The fact we had to use him is not our preference, but it's where we are."
Aybar had missed the previous five games. The move is retroactive to April 3 and the Angels expect Aybar to return on April 18 after a short minor league rehabilitation assignment.
Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com.