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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.

Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for
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