Washburn has inflamed ligament

Updated: July 27, 2004, 9:51 PM ET
Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Angels put left-hander Jarrod Washburn on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and called up outfielder Curtis Pride from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Jarrod Washburn
Starting Pitcher
Anaheim Angels
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Washburn, who leads the team with 10 wins, has an inflamed ligament in his left ribcage. He is 10-5 with a 4.38 ERA in 19 starts this year, with one shutout.

The 29-year-old was placed on the DL retroactive to July 21.

"It just hasn't progressed at all," said Washburn, who became the 13th Angels player to go on the DL this season. "The discomfort's still there, so they wanted me to go on the DL instead of taking a chance of making it worse and having it bother me the rest of the year.

"It's not excruciating pain, but it's an uncomfortable feeling. They made me be honest with them and tell them if there was any discomfort, so I was honest this time."

Washburn first felt the problem during his previous start. He had X-rays and a CT scan on Monday, both of which were normal, and underwent a bone scan on Tuesday. He is eligible to be activated on Aug. 5.

"Right now we're very comfortable that he'll be able to get out there once his stint on the DL is up," manager Mike Scioscia said. "But we'll evaluate it and make sure that he's at a level where he's not going out there at any risk, and that he's throwing the ball the way he needs to in order to be successful."

Pride, 35, hit .431 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 19 games at Salt Lake. He started this season with the Nashua Pride of the independent Atlantic League, batting .446 with a home run and 12 RBIs in 17 games.

The Angels signed him to a minor league contract May 28.

Pride, who is almost totally deaf, has played in the major leagues for Montreal, Detroit, Boston, Atlanta and the Yankees. He has a .253 batting average with 19 home runs and 77 RBIs while appearing in 353 games.

"I was very confident I'd be back in the big leagues. All I had to do was put up some numbers in the minors," Pride said. "I've never doubted my ability to play at this level, otherwise I wouldn't still be playing baseball."

Right-hander Bobby Jenks was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to make room for Pride on the 40-man roster.

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