Vlad scratched from lineup with stiff leg

Vlad scratched from lineup with stiff leg

BALTIMORE -- Vladimir Guerrero was scratched from Sunday's lineup, the Angels announced just hours before the game, reportedly due to stiffness in his left leg.

"He came in feeling stiff," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He felt good last night and today he feels a little bit stiff, so we're going to give him the day off."

Guerrero was penciled in as the Angels designated hitter for Sunday's game against Baltimore, but Scioscia notified the media of the change during his pregame talk.

Guerrero was hit by a pitch in Saturday's 5-1 win, taking an offering from Orioles pitcher Cla Meredith in his leg during an at-bat in the sixth inning. Guerrero was able to finish the game without any signs of injury.

When asked whether Guerrero should be considered day-to-day, Scioscia shook his head, saying he plans to have Guerrero back in the lineup for Monday's series finale. Scioscia also said Guerrero would be available to pinch-hit in Sunday's game, if necessary.

With Guerrero out of Sunday's starting lineup, Howard Kendrick moved to the designated hitter spot. Erick Aybar started at shortstop and Maicer Izturis at second base.

Brian Eller is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.