Alberto Callaspo injury: Angels place third baseman on 15-day DL

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The Angels third baseman is battling a strained right calf.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim placed third baseman Alberto Callaspo on the 15-day disabled list Friday, with the move made retroactive to April 12. Callaspo is currently battling a strained right calf.

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Callaspo has not played in the team's last five games because of the injury. Callaspo joins starting shortstop Erick Aybar on the disabled list, who suffered a left heel contusion last weekend.

The third baseman has been a solid producer for Los Angeles the past two seasons, making solid contact while playing strong defense at third base. Callaspo was hitting .273/.351/.394 through his first 38 plate appearances of the season.

Luis Jimenez has been starting at third base in Callaspo's absence. Jimenez has hit well so far in the starters' absence, hitting .438/.471/.625 in his first 17 plate appearances. The 25 year-old has flashed some solid power in the minor leagues, but has a very aggressive approach at the plate.

Right-handed reliever Michael Kohn will fill Callaspo's roster spot, giving the Angels added bullpen depth. Kohn has tossed 33.2 innings of relief for Los Angeles over the past two seasons, posting a 4.01 ERA over 38 appearances. The reliever has posted impressive strikeout numbers in the minor leagues, but has struggled with his command, as he has walked 6.68 batters per nine innings.

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