ANAHEIM -- With Garrett Richards going on the disabled list, the Angels are putting veteran pitcher Joel Pineiro back in the rotation. He pitched three scoreless innings with three strikeouts in Monday's 8-4 loss to the Rangers.
Pineiro, who will take Richards' spot on Saturday against the Orioles, has been working with pitching coach Mike Butcher on some mechanical adjustments. The main point was shortening his stride to the plate.
"It was getting a little long," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Butch has worked hard on it with him since he was moved. Last night, maybe two pitches got away from him, but the rest were right there."
Pineiro, who missed the first month of the season with tightness in his right shoulder, was 5-6 with a 5.31 ERA as a starter. He was 0-3 with a 14.85 ERA in four starts after the All-Star break before being moved to the bullpen.
Monday was the first time he has made it through a game without allowing a run since May 5. He threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in an 11-0 victory against the Red Sox in Fenway Park.
"I have been feeling the same as I have when I was starting," Pineiro said. "The only thing I have told myself recently is to be aggressive and think every pitch is my last. The confidence has always been there, and maybe that [Monday's outing] is something they needed to see. It was a great feeling."