Scott Downs put on disabled list

Updated: April 22, 2011, 8:37 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels placed reliever Scott Downs on the 15-day disabled list Friday to let him recover from the effects of food poisoning. It's the second time Downs has been on the DL this season.

Downs, a left-hander, was the Angels' biggest free-agent acquisition over the winter, but he has pitched in just two games for them. He began the season on the DL with a broken left big toe.

"I'm trying to stay as positive as I can," Downs said. "Yeah, I'm not thrilled with the way it's started, but it's going to finish a lot better."

Downs said he had to visit the emergency room twice while the Angels were in Texas earlier this week. He said he didn't sleep for three nights, couldn't keep down food or water and lost nine pounds.

The Angels recalled pitcher Trevor Bell from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill Downs' roster spot.

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Mark Saxon

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Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.