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Angels report: Inside pitch

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Ervin Santana's optimism after a bullpen session on Sunday evaporated into caution on Monday.

Santana was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season, this time with inflammation in his triceps. He will miss a second start -- and possibly more.

"Ervin's just not quite ready," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We'll give Ervin nine or 10 days to get some bullpen (work), get some of the inflammation out of his forearm.

"We're a little disappointed. His bullpen (session) wasn't quite where it needed to be... There's always concern. There was concern the first go-round (on the DL) when he had a problem with his (sprained elbow) ligament. Where this leads us, you never know."

Santana was scratched from his start last week with inflammation in his forearm. After the bullpen session, the problem resurfaced in the triceps area. The Angels maintain an MRI taken just over a week ago indicated the microtear in Santana's elbow ligament that forced him to open the season on the DL has healed.

Santana has not pitched since June 11 in Tampa and will be eligible to come off the DL before his spot comes around in the rotation again. But his status for that start has to be considered doubtful at this point.

Sean O'Sullivan was promoted from Class AAA Salt Lake and will start in Santana's spot again Tuesday against the Rockies. He is one of 12 starting pitchers used by the Angels this season and one of 10 rookie pitchers used overall. Both of those are major-league highs.

ROCKIES 11, ANGELS 1: The Angels were pounded by the hottest team in baseball Monday night. The Rockies outhit the Angels 13-3 in the rout. Angels starter Matt Palmer turned in his worst start as an Angel and took his first loss of the season. Palmer lasted only 4 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits, five walks and two wild pitches.

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