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Izturis lands on DL; Frandsen called up

Izturis lands on DL; Frandsen called up

SEATTLE -- The Angels placed infielder Maicer Izturis on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and called up Kevin Frandsen -- whom they claimed off waivers on April 29 and penciled into the starting lineup -- after an MRI revealed inflammation in Izturis' throwing shoulder.

Izturis aggravated his shoulder while diving for a ball on Monday against the Red Sox. He served as the designated hitter on Wednesday but was unable to play in the field. Manager Mike Scioscia said Izturis will be examined by team orthopedist Lewis Yocum when he returns to Los Angeles.

"Preliminary reports are that [the inflammation] is going to take a little bit of time to calm down," Scioscia said. "Dr. Yocum will review it, and we'll get a little more information as we move through, but it's inflamed right now and it's going to take a little bit of time, so he just needs to take a step back right now."

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With Izturis out of action, Scioscia was quick to turn to Frandsen, who hit .286 in nine games with Triple-A Salt Lake. In limited action across four seasons with the Giants, he posted a .240 batting average, but he began this season with the Red Sox. Frandsen hit a grand slam for Boston against Baltimore during Spring Training but didn't make the big club.

He started at third base on Saturday, but Scioscia expects him to fill in at other spots around the horn.

"Kevin brings versatility on the infield, we need a guy that gives us coverage at second, short and third, and Frandsen brings that," Scioscia said.

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