8/5/2014 2:16 A.M. ET
Excited Frias debuts with Dodgers
By Michael Lananna / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Seven years. That's how long 24-year-old Carlos Frias has waited for his first Major League opportunity.
And after seven years, he finally took a Major League mound against one of the best -- Angels first baseman Albert Pujols.
It was the eighth inning of Monday night's loss to the Angels. Already down 5-0, it wasn't a particularly tense moment for the Dodgers, but Frias' heart was racing.
"It's huge," said Frias, the Dodgers' No. 18 prospect. "I've got to be patient now. Don't be nervous. Under control. I just said to myself, 'If you're under control, everything will be all right.'"
A few minutes later, Frias gave up his first Major League hit -- but that proved to be only a slight hiccup.
Pujols would be the only baserunner to reach against Frias, who worked two scoreless innings and struck out two Angels to finish off his debut. The rookie's performance was one of few bright spots for the Dodgers.
"Obviously, for his first outing, very good," manager Don Mattingly said. "When you see heavy sink, he got his curveball over, he got his changeup over, he attacked the strike zone. There really wasn't anything not to like. So it was good start for him and should kind of be a bit of a confidence builder for him. That's the word -- is he's a kid that's not afraid. He's going to attack, and that's what we saw tonight."
A starter for Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque this summer, Frias found out Sunday that he'd be getting the call to the Dodgers, replacing right-hander Chris Perez, who went on the 15-day disabled list Monday with bone spurs in his right ankle.
Frias, the Dodgers' No. 18 prospect, said he was excited for the chance -- it's been a long wait.
"I called my mom," he said. "She was very excited. She was waiting for seven years. She was emotional."
Frias was 10-5 with a 4.58 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) between Chattanooga and Albuquerque, and he adds depth to a pitching staff that sorely needs it. Right-handers Dan Haren and Josh Beckett have both struggled at the back end of the starting rotation, and one of their potential replacements, Paul Maholm, is lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Frias said he's comfortable pitching out of the bullpen, having pitched out of the 'pen during winter ball this past winter.
But he also gives the Dodgers some added insurance.
"Obviously, a guy like that, he's been built up to start," Mattingly said. "He's been starting all year long. If something would go wrong, an injury, or somebody couldn't make a start -- assuming that he hasn't been used for three innings the day before -- he'd be a guy who could possibly do that."
However, Mattingly said Haren and Beckett are still both in line to make their next starts.
Regardless of how Frias is used, it's clear he's thrilled for the opportunity. He even seemed pleased that Pujols got a hit off of him.
"I'll have to get that ball to him," he said. "He can sign it tomorrow."
After all, he's waited seven years for that hit.
Perez lands on DL with injured right ankle
LOS ANGELES -- After losing long reliever Paul Maholm for the season on Friday, the Dodgers placed another bullpen arm, right-hander Chris Perez, on the 15-day disabled list Monday with bone spurs in his right ankle.
Perez said the ankle has bothered him off and on throughout his career but that it's "flared up in the last week or so."
"I went in last night and said it was tender and got an MRI and talked it over, what our options were," Perez said Monday. "And [the disabled list] was the best forward action, trying to knock it out before it gets to be something that's detrimental."
Perez pitched on Sunday and allowed a home run, single and two walks in 1 1/3 innings. He has a 5.03 ERA in 42 relief appearances. He said he doesn't think his ankle has had any effect on his performance.
"I don't think so, no," he said.
Perez said he's hopeful he'll only need the 15-day period to recover.
In the meantime, the Dodgers called up 24-year-old right-hander Carlos Frias from Triple-A Albuquerque, making room on the 40-man roster by moving Maholm to the 60-day disabled list. Maholm is expected to undergo surgery for a torn ACL in his right knee.
• Chone Figgins' (left quad) 20-day rehab clock ends Tuesday, but Mattingly didn't give any indication the team would look to call the infielder up from Triple-A Albuquerque.
"We'll find out tomorrow," he said.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.