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Cowgill goes on DL with facial fracture, thumb injury

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Lyle Spencer

ARLINGTON -- The Angels have placed Collin Cowgill on the 15-day disabled list with a facial fracture and fractured right thumb, both of which will require surgery. The outfielder was injured on Saturday night at Globe Life Park when he was struck in the face by a pitch while attempting to bunt in the eighth inning of the Angels' 5-2 victory.

Recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill Cowgill's spot on the 25-man roster was versatile Grant Green, who, like Cowgill, has been a productive weapon in the Angels' lineup.

Cowgill suffered both injuries as he attempted to avoid a pitch from Rangers reliever Matt West that came up and in as he was squaring around, manipulating his bat. The ball glanced off his thumb into his face, causing severe bleeding from the nose that required immediate stitching.

The injury to Cowgill came as the surging Angels were in the process of claiming their third win in the four-game series that concludes Sunday. A valuable role player with a .277/.354/.407 slash line, Cowgill excelled during Kole Calhoun's absence early in the season and was sharing time with Calhoun in right field. He had singled, walked and been hit by a pitch in his first three at-bats before the incident Saturday night.

"Obviously, it was an unfortunate turn of events," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We'll have to wait and see how he is."

A shortstop when he was drafted off the University of Southern California campus by the A's in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Green has made 15 starts for the Angels in left field, three at second base and two at third.

Green has a .324/.333/.419 slash line with four doubles, a homer and eight RBIs in 74 at-bats for the Angels. In 41 games at Salt Lake he is carrying a .321/.372/.512 line, playing all four infield positions and left field.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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