Calhoun out four to six weeks; Boesch recalled

Calhoun out four to six weeks; Boesch recalled

ANAHEIM -- Injured outfielder Kole Calhoun spent Wednesday getting tests done on the right ankle he rolled the night before, and the Angels spent the day figuring out their outfield for the near future.

Calhoun was diagnosed with a "bad ligament sprain," according to manager Mike Scioscia, and is expected to miss the next four to six weeks.

In his place, the Angels summoned outfielder Brennan Boesch from Triple-A Salt Lake. Boesch, who played 403 games in the Majors for the Tigers (380) and the Yankees (23) from 2010-2013, was hitting .250 with two homers and nine RBIs in 13 games for the Bees.

Though he was disappointed not to make the Major League club out of Spring Training, Boesch certainly seized the silver lining in Salt Lake.

"I was real excited to play every day," he said. "In Salt Lake, I was closer to getting back to where I wanted to be. That was part of the process."

Boesch's duties in Calhoun's absence likely will be to play right field against right-handed pitching. Righty Collin Cowgill, who was in the lineup Wednesday against left-handed Oakland starter Tommy Milone, is expected to start against lefties.

"Boesch and Cowgill should get enough at-bats to stay fresh," Scioscia said.

Calhoun was batting .250 with three homers and six RBIs in 14 games when he rolled the ankle crossing first base in the 11th inning of Tuesday night's 10-9 loss to the Athletics. The timing is especially bad, because Calhoun had been in quite a groove, going 6-for-15 with three doubles, a triple and a homer over his past three games.

While Cowgill and Boesch are expected to platoon in right field, Mike Trout will play center and J.B. Shuck is expected to get most of the time in left field.

Boesch, from nearby Santa Monica, did not exactly receive a hero's welcome home Wednesday. His girlfriend was in the stands, but his mother, father, sister and her fiancé are all in Europe on a long-planned visit to Paris.

Scott Miller is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.