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Angels place Escobar on DL with elbow soreness

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels placed
right-hander Kelvim Escobar on the 15-day disabled list Friday
because of irritation in his pitching elbow.

The move is retroactive to July 7, the day after Escobar pitched
six innings in a no-decision at Oakland. It's the fifth time the
10-year veteran has gone on the DL, and the fourth since joining
the Angels in November 2003 as a free agent. He is 5-5 with a 3.96
earned-run average in 10 starts this season.

"Every pitcher's going to have a certain level of discomfort in
their arm through the course of the season, but this has
materialized to a level where it was going to be tough to execute
his pitches in his next go-around," said manager Mike Scioscia.

Los Angeles will call up a pitcher from the minors to take
Escobar's next scheduled start on Tuesday against Cleveland.

"The way he threw the ball in Oakland, as far as his velocity
and everything, I'm sure it's just a matter of calming this down a
little bit. That's why we wanted to push him back," Scioscia said.
"Nothing significant showed up on the MRI, so it's just a little
tendinitis we're dealing with and hopefully we'll move forward with
it to the point where he can throw a bullpen this week and get
ready to go on the weekend."

Escobar was on the DL three times last season because of elbow
problems and was relegated to bullpen duty during the playoffs
after undergoing surgery last June 29. Angels general manager Bill
Stoneman signed him to a three-year, $28.5 million contract
extension six weeks ago. The deal will pay Escobar $8.5 million in
2007, $9 million in 2008 and $9.5 million in 2009.

Escobar, who attended Thursday's post All-Star break workout,
entered the clubhouse Friday about 20 minutes before speaking to
reporters. Initially, he gave the impression that the club put him
on DL without his knowledge and was quite upset about it when asked
about his status. He had a better grasp of the situation following
a 10-minute meeting with Scioscia and pitching coach Bud Black.

"We talked to Kelvim yesterday before the workout and explained
the whole thing to him and talked to him about the DL. But he was
confused," Scioscia said. "He thought we were saying we were only
considering it. But it's the same as if he was just missing a
start, because all we're doing is pushing him back to the weekend.
So now he understands."

Escobar said he was confused about how much time he would be
sidelined.

"I misunderstood because I thought I was going to be on the DL
starting today, and I didn't want to miss another 15 days,"
Escobar said. "They told me they wanted to take advantage of the
four days off, and by the time I pitch my next game, it'll be 15
days. So they can take advantage of this to bring up another
player.

"I feel a lot better than I did after my last game, but the
ligament was just a little sore and they were just being careful. I
knew I was going to miss one game. But to be honest, I think I
could go on Tuesday."

To replace Escobar on the 40-man roster, the Angels recalled
infielder Howie Kendrick from Triple-A Salt Lake for his second
stint in Anaheim this season. He appeared in 10 games for the
Angels earlier this season and was 3-for-26 with one RBI. The
rookie, who turned 23 on Wednesday, batted .369 with 13 homers and
62 RBI in 69 games with Triple-A Salt Lake.