Sore foot bothers Izturis, but leadoff man plays

Sore foot bothers Izturis, but leadoff man plays

NEW YORK -- Maicer Izturis was in the Angels' lineup on Friday night at Citi Field, where persistent rain created uncertainty over when the game would begin. Izturis has been nursing a sore right foot, having aggravated it on Monday night in his most recent start in Seattle.

"It bothered me a little bit again," the leadoff man said, "but it feels better now. It's on the bottom of the foot. I should be all right to play."

Izturis isn't sure when or how he initially hurt the foot. He believes it probably happened jamming his foot against a base, but he's uncertain when it happened.

Izturis, a .307 career hitter in June, is batting .314 on the road this season compared to .250 at home. This is one of many reasons why the Angels have been a better club on the road (18-17) than at Angel Stadium (15-20).

"It's just one of those things you can't explain," he said. "We'll get better at home when it warms up. We always play better when it's warmer."