Figgins exits with sprained left wrist

Figgins exits with sprained left wrist

ANAHEIM -- Angels third baseman Chone Figgins left Tuesday night's game at Angel Stadium in the fourth inning after spraining his left wrist while checking his swing on a pitch thrown by Yankees reliever Ron Villone.

Figgins, the Majors' hottest hitter since May 31 and fourth in the American League with a .335 batting average, walked on the full-count pitch to force home a run. He went to first base and trotted on Garret Anderson's three-run homer, which gave the Angels a 12-5 lead en route to an 18-9 drubbing of the Yankees that was powered by Anderson's club-record 10 RBIs and two homers -- including a grand slam -- and two RBIs.

Anderson was concerned after the game about his good buddy, Figgins.

"It's been bothering him off and on for a while," Anderson said of the wrist. "I'm hoping he's all right. Chone's having a tremendous season."

Figgins was listed as day-to-day after being examined by Dr. Louis Yocum. He is to be re-examined on Wednesday.

In an attempt to protect themselves in case Figgins is out for a spell, the Angels recalled infielder Brandon Wood from Triple-A Salt Lake after the game, with reliever Marcus Gwyn returning to the Bees after pitching the final three innings on Tuesday night in relief of starting pitcher Kelvim Escobar.

Wood, the club's premier position prospect, leads Salt Lake with 20 homers and 71 RBIs, playing 69 games at third base and 27 at shortstop, his natural position. He was batting .265 through 100 games.

Wood is 1-for-12 (.083) in six games with the Angels this season.

Figgins has been the team's catalyst since missing the first month of the season with fractures to the tips of his right index and middle fingers.

He walked to lead off the bottom of the first, stole his 34th base and scored on Anderson's two-run double off Mike Mussina.

Figgins is hitting .399 since May 31, with 115 hits in 288 at-bats. He has hit safely in 32 of his last 36 games, but a nine-game hitting streak ended in Tuesday's game.

A pitch before his walk, Figgins lashed a line drive down the left-field line that missed by inches of driving home at least two runs. His walk forced home a run, giving him his 49th RBI. He struck out in the second inning.

Robb Quinlan replaced Figgins at third base. With Howie Kendrick back in the lineup, Maicer Izturis would get most of the playing time at third base if Figgins is forced to miss any time.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.