SAN FRANCISCO -- To make room for outfielder Cody Ross, the Giants on Monday placed right-handed reliever Guillermo Mota on the 15-day disabled list with IT band syndrome in his left leg.
Mota has struggled of late, allowing runs in each of his past six outings. In August, the veteran right-hander has an ERA of 10.24 (11 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings) and opponents are hitting .326 off him.
Mota said the pain has been bothering him for a couple of weeks, but he decided not to say anything until his recent bad outings became a hindrance to the team. He said it's nothing serious and he's confident he'll be able to return when he's eligible to come off the DL.
The move also leaves the Giants with an 11-man pitching staff until rosters expand on Sept. 1. Despite having carried 13 pitchers at times during the past couple of months, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he didn't think the thinner bullpen would hurt the club, especially with Thursday's off-day.
"If we pitch like we should, we should be able to get by with the arms that we have," Bochy said. "If not, then that means things aren't going well. We'll see how things go the next couple days."