ANAHEIM -- Collin Cowgill broke camp with the Mets, started on Opening Day and hit a grand slam. He was on his way, he thought. Then, one month later, he was optioned back to the Minor Leagues. And two months later, he was exposed to the waiver wire, where he joined his fourth team in three years -- the Angels.
"It's obviously a crazy game," Cowgill said. "You never know where you're going to be. It's fun. It's the best game in the world. You can be coast to coast in less than a week."
Cowgill was back in the Majors with the Angels on Tuesday because Peter Bourjos landed on the disabled list with a fractured right wrist -- and because Cowgill had a pretty good three days with Triple-A Salt Lake, going 7-for-12 with a couple of homers.
The 27-year-old right-handed hitter can play all three outfield positions and may be an option to start against left-handers, which would sit the lefty-hitting J.B. Shuck.
"I'm excited about it," said Cowgill, who posted a .237/.294/.311 slash line while appearing in 97 games for the D-backs, A's and Mets from 2011-13. "Triple-A was short lived with these guys, which is what you want. Happy to be here and happy to do anything I can to help."
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