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.

Report: San Diego Padres trade Brad Hand to the Cleveland Indians

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres have traded closer Brad Hand to the Cleveland Indians. No details have yet been reported on the return.

Hand, the Padres’ All-Star closer, has a 3.05 ERA and 65/15 K/BB ratio and 24 saves over over 44.1 innings of work this season. In addition to helping an Indians bullpen which has struggled mightily this season, Hand will provide an insurance policy for the next two seasons given that both Andrew Miller and Cody Allen are due to hit free agency this winter. Hand, meanwhile, is under contract for this year and next for a total of $13.5 million, with a $10 million club option for 2021.

We’ll update further when the players heading back to San Diego are known.