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MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - INSIDE PITCH
Peter Bourjos is having a great year and a terrible year at the same time.
It's been great because of his performance on the field, but it's been terrible because of three injuries that have prevented him from maximizing that performance.
Bourjos, a career .247 hitter coming into this season, was batting .326 when he fractured his right wrist on Saturday night. He'll be out at least two weeks. He missed six weeks with a strained hamstring and a few days with a bruised thumb that healed just before he broke his wrist.
"There is a little frustration because this is the best baseball he's played in his life," said manager Mike Scioscia, whose team beat the Astros 3-1 Sunday. "He's really made some adjustments. He's seeing enough of the league to really get comfortable. I think he is ready in his career to take off in a lot of areas such as stealing bases and hitting more as a table setter than in the bottom the lineup."
The good news for Bourjos is that his fracture is non-displaced, so he isn't likely to injure it more by playing. He can return to action as soon as he can tolerate the pain.
"I have to stay positive," Bourjos said. "It could be worse. It could be six-to-eight weeks."
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won six
PAST 10 GAMES: 7-3
NEXT: Cardinals (Lance Lynn, 10-2, 3.52) at Angels (Jered Weaver, 1-4, 4.15)
--2B Howie Kendrick finished 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored and finished the month with 36 hits, tied for the most for any month of his career (June 2008). Kendrick recorded a hit in 19 of 26 games in June and hit .356 (36-for-101) for the month.
--RHP Jered Weaver will make his seventh start since returning from the disabled list and his fifth against a National League opponent when the Angels host the Cardinals on Tuesday. The Angels are 3-1 when Weaver, who has not recorded a decision in two career starts against the Cardinals, starts against a National League opponent. Weaver is 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA in his career against the National League.
--CF Peter Bourjos will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of his right wrist and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Bourjos was hit by a pitch from Astros RHP Jordan Lyles in the fourth inning of Saturday's 7-2 win, his first start after missing several games with a left thumb contusion suffered last Sunday. Bourjos is batting .326 with three home runs and 10 RBIs over 40 games.
--LF Mike Trout earned his first day off this season. Trout, who has been nursing a tight hamstring, entered Sunday leading the major leagues with 380 plate appearances. Trout ranked ninth in the American League with a .315 batting average and is in the top five in runs, doubles, hits, triples, total bases, stolen bases and multi-hit games.
--LHP C.J. Wilson won his fourth consecutive game and recorded his third 10-plus strikeout game this season, allowing one unearned run on three hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts over seven innings. Wilson has 12 10-plus strikeout games in his career and has amassed 34 strikeouts over 26 2/3 innings and four starts against Houston this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "(This week) was a fantastic road trip for us. To do this is really big. We have that confidence brewing. We overcame some mistakes ... but still won because we broke through late in the game." -- LHP C.J. Wilson, after the Angels defeated the Astros 3-1 Sunday for their first unbeaten road trip of at least six games since Sept. 3-8, 2002.
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - ROSTER REPORT
--CF Peter Bourjos (sore left thumb) left the June 23 game. X-rays on the thumb were negative. He didn't play June 25-26 but pinch-ran June 27-28. He will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of his right wrist and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.
--RHP Tommy Hanson (right forearm tightness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 21. An MRI showed no structural damage.
--LHP Jason Vargas (blood clot in left armpit) was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 18. He had surgery June 26. He won't throw until mid-July, and there's no timetable for his return.
--RHP Ryan Madson (Tommy John surgery in April 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 25. He threw a simulated game April 19. He had scar tissue removed from his elbow in late April. He threw a bullpen session May 4, and he pitched in an intrasquad game at extended spring training May 9. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Inland Empire on May 13, but he hasn't pitched since that day. He experienced soreness in his elbow May 22, scrapping plans for him to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake. He could sit out the season, manager Mike Scioscia admitted June 23.
--RHP Robert Coello (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list June 11. He will not be allowed to throw until mid-July.
--LHP Sean Burnett (left elbow impingement) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 27. Burnett came off the disabled list May 21 after sitting out 22 games with left forearm irritation. He started playing catch June 2, but his elbow was not responding, so he went to see Dr. James Andrews, who recommended he shut it down until mid-July.
--LHP Andrew Taylor (torn left labrum) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 9. He is due to begin a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona League in late June.
LHP C.J. Wilson
RHP Joe Blanton
RHP Jered Weaver
LHP Michael Roth
RHP Jerome Williams
RHP Ernesto Frieri (closer)
RHP Garrett Richards
LHP Scott Downs
RHP Billy Buckner
RHP Michael Kohn
RHP Dane De La Rosa
RHP Kevin Jepsen
1B Albert Pujols
2B Howie Kendrick
SS Erick Aybar
3B Alberto Callaspo
DH Mark Trumbo
INF Brendan Harris
LF Mike Trout
CF Peter Bourjos
RF Josh Hamilton
OF J.B. Shuck
OF Brad Hawpe