The Angels have placed rookie righty starting pitcher Garrett Richards on the 15-day disabled list due to a right abductor strain. Richards has started 2 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP. Richards gave up 8 hits (2 homers) in his first 5 2/3 innings of his major league career, so he got hit hard in his first two starts. Veteran righty Joel Pineiro will replace Richards in the starting rotation. He has pitched in 21 games (18 starts) so far this year for the Angels and he is 5-6 with a 5.34 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. Pineiro has been hit hard this year as he has given up 144 hits in his first 111 1/3 innings so far this year.