ANAHEIM -- Maicer Izturis' back tightened up in his first plate appearance on Saturday night, and three innings later, he figured he just couldn't play through it any longer, so he was removed. And now, the Angels' backup infielder estimates he'll need about four days for the muscles to loosen up and for him to be deemed available to play.
While starting at third base in Saturday's eventual 6-1 win over the Tigers, Izturis initially felt pain between his left rib cage and back during a first-inning strikeout. He continued to feel it while starting a double play in the second, believes it had a lot to do with his throwing error in the top of the fourth and knew he could no longer play when he started another double play two batters later, causing manager Mike Scioscia to replace him with Alberto Callaspo in the bottom half of the inning.
Izturis felt better on Sunday morning, but will stay away from baseball activities for the time being.
"I just felt locked up," Izturis said in Spanish. "I figured, 'If I keep going, it'll just get worse.' ... I'll just stay off it for a couple of days, ice it, and, like I said, take maybe four days off and get myself ready to finish strong."
The Angels can use Andrew Romine while they wait for Izturis to heal. Like Izturis, Romine can handle second base, third base and shortstop.