Joel Pineiro set to rejoin Angels after impressive rehab start

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Joel Pineiro has been out since late July with a strained oblique muscle, but took a no-hitter into the sixth inning last night in a rehab start at Single-A and is scheduled to return from the disabled list Saturday against the Rays.
After the five no-hit frames Pineiro ended up allowing two runs in the sixth inning, but he also got 13 of his 18 outs on ground balls or strikeouts. Obviously the Angels aren’t really risking anything by bringing him back whether or not he’s fully ready to return, but it could have a big impact on the Rays’ hopes for the AL East title and homefield advantage.
Pineiro parlayed a career-year under pitching coach Dave Duncan in St. Louis last season into a two-year, $16 million deal with the Angels and went 10-7 with a 4.18 ERA and 83/32 K/BB ratio in 131.1 innings spread over 20 starts before landing on the DL. He’ll make $8 million again in 2011.

Jeff Mathis has an avulsion fracture in his right hand

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Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis has an avulsion fracture in his right hand, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. As Piecoro explains, an avulsion fracture is when a ligament comes off of the bone and pulls fragments of bone with it.

Mathis is likely done for the season, but he wants to see hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan, per Piecoro. He suffered the injury on Monday when he was hit in the hand with a foul tip.

Mathis, 34, hit an uninspiring .213/.276/.322 in 200 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks, but was a plus defensively. Chris Iannetta and Chris Herrmann will handle catching duties with Mathis out for at least a while.

Dodgers place Cody Bellinger and Alex Wood on the 10-day disabled list

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The Dodgers announced on Tuesday that first baseman Cody Bellinger and starter Alex Wood were placed on the 10-day disabled list. Bellinger has a sprained right ankle and Wood is dealing with left SC joint inflammation. To take their spots on the roster, the Dodgers recalled pitchers Brock Stewart and Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Bellinger, 22, has had an outstanding rookie season, batting .274/.356/.612 with 34 home runs and 79 RBI in 419 plate appearances. Fortunately, the Dodgers just got Adrian Gonzalez back from the DL, so their first base situation is already handled.

Wood, 26, has had a career year. He’s 14-1 with a 2.41 ERA and a 127/30 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings. He’s been successful despite his velocity declining more and more with every passing month this season. The Dodgers’ rotation is already in disarray, so losing Wood hurts even more. On the bright side, Clayton Kershaw should be returning from the disabled list soon.