"Maicer would free up Figgy to just DH," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Right
now, we don't have a lot of versatility."
Izturis strained the MCL in his left knee during fielding drills at Yankee
Stadium on April 26. The initial prognosis was that he would miss four to six weeks, but Tuesday's game
with the Nationals was the seven-week mark for Izturis' absence from the
Still, the Angels are not going to push Izturis, who has yet to play a full
game. Scioscia said they would like to see Izturis log a string of full
games before activating him off the disabled list.
Rehab report: Curtis Pride began a rehab assignment at Salt
Lake on Monday and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Stingers' 6-1 win over
The reserve outfielder was called up to the Angels on May 22, when Vladimir Guerrero
was placed on the DL. Pride appeared in three games before suffering a
strained right wrist on May 29 in a game against the Royals.
Do the math: The winning formula the Angels utilize is a pretty
simple one: Outhit the opposition. The Angels are 27-5 entering Tuesday's
game when they've outhit their opponent, but are 6-20 when they've been
outhit. When the hits have been equal, the Angels have posted a 4-1 mark.
So far in June, the Angels are leading the Majors with a
.324 batting average. Guerrero has provided a shot in the arm with his
return from the DL, but contributions are being provided throughout the
"There is no doubt that a player of Vladdy's caliber and strength impacts
the whole lineup," Dallas McPherson said. "Still, there are a lot of guys in
this lineup doing incredible things."
Darin Erstad has been particularly hot, posting a .353 batting average in
June, and Tuesday the first baseman extended his hitting streak to 15 games,
tying his career high. McPherson has also been doing his part. Over the last
15 games, the rookie third baseman has hit .313 and of his last 20 hits, 11
have been for extra bases.
His increasingly steady play in the field and progression at the plate has
helped provide a boost to the offense while keeping him in the lineup.
"He's playing very well at third and if his confidence remains high you want
to keep his bat in the lineup as much as possible," Scioscia said.
Keep the tension: Interleague Play carves out a major portion of the
schedule during June and forces managers to adjust when they visit cities in
the opposite league. Scioscia appreciates the break, but added that if the
integrity of schedule is maintained, then he's fine with however it shakes
"As long as we have the intra-divisional rivalries at the beginning, middle
and end," Scioscia said. "That keeps alive the flow of a pennant race."
On the farm: Kendry Morales went 0-for-4 in his first game at
Double-A Arkansas on Monday, but drove in a run and struck out twice. At
Class A Rancho Cucamonga, shortstop Brandon Wood is hitting .311 with 20
home runs, 50 RBIs and a 1.011 OPS over 62 games.
On deck: The Angels will conclude their three-game Interleague series
with the Nationals at 7:05 p.m. PT on Wednesday. Right-hander Bartolo Colon
will face Washington right-hander Ryan Drese.