ANAHEIM -- The Angels placed second baseman Howie Kendrick on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, a day after he strained his left hamstring against the A's. Kendrick, who was batting .308 before the injury, pulled his hamstring while running the bases during the fourth inning on Wednesday. It's the same hamstring that he strained earlier in the season, an injury that put him on the disabled list for nearly two months and cost him 42 games. But the Angels are confident this strain isn't as serious as his first one, especially after Kendrick was evaluated by team doctor Lewis Yocum.
"There is definitely a little pull there," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Maybe not to the extreme that it was in Seattle earlier in the year, but it's going to take a little time. Our indication from Dr. Yocum is that it is not as severe as when he did it in Seattle, but it is certainly there." Kendrick said an MRI exam was not done, because they took one earlier in the season and it revealed some scar tissue in his hamstring. For now, Kendrick was advised to rest while making sure not to stretch his hamstring, because it could make it worse. "They're going to try and give me time to let it heal," Kendrick said. "There's no point right now for me to try to push it, because I could tear it. I'm just trying to be smart and be in there for the latter end of the season." But Kendrick also said he's unsure when he will return, because the recovery time is unpredictable for hamstring pulls. "Right now, you can't set a timetable," Kendrick said. "It's a crazy injury. I'm just going to work hard every day to do everything I can to get back on the playing field." Kendrick wasn't the only Angels player injured on Wednesday, as Erick Aybar left the game after the eighth inning with a hamstring pull. But Aybar's hamstring injury wasn't as bad as Kendrick's, and Aybar will avoid the DL. "It is going to be a little bit of time," Scioscia said. "It is going to be longer than day-to-day, but hopefully it is going to be a reasonable amount of time with Erick." Another injured player, third baseman Chone Figgins, was back in the lineup on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's game with a sore big toe. But Figgins says it's a minor injury that flares up at the end of the season and that he felt fine after a day of rest. "It's just a yearly thing," said Figgins, who received a new pair of inserts for his shoes before the game. "From being on your toes in the infield, stealing bases and the way I hit it, it just kind of aggravates later in the year sometimes." With Kendrick and Aybar out, Figgins was joined in the infield with two rookies on Wednesday. Sean Rodriguez started at second base, and Brandon Wood started at shortstop. Wood was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to take Kendrick's roster spot.
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.