Angels notes: Kendrick not in lineup; outlook on Wells not good; Kazmir to start rehab
Howie Kendrick is not in the lineup for Friday night's interleague game against the Atlanta Braves, but the left fielder, who left Thursday's game in Seattle in the ninth inning because of tightness in his right hamstring, believes his injury is minor and will only sideline him for another day or two.
The outlook for left fielder Vernon Wells, who was placed on the disabled list because of a right groin strain on May 10, is not as promising.
Wells has started the rehabilitation process, doing much of his early work in a pool, but Manager Mike Scioscia said, "This is going to be a while ... hopefully not months, but it's not day to day."
The Angels are coming off a 1-6 trip through Texas, Oakland and Seattle in which the offense has struggled, going 21 consecutive innings without a run during one stretch.
In other news, pitcher Scott Kazmir, who has spent the past month at the team's extrended spring-training camp in Arizona trying to rehabilitate his sagging career, will join the Angels on Saturday for a bullpen workout. Scioscia said the left-hander will start a minor league rehab assignment at triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday night.
The Angels' lineup: 2B Maicer Izturis, SS Erick Aybar, DH Bobby Abreu, RF Torii Hunter, 3B Alberto Callaspo, C HankConger, 1B Mark Trumbo, LF Alexi Amarista, CF Peter Bourjos, P Ervin Santana.
The Braves' lineup: 3B Martin Prado, 2B Dan Uggla, C Brian McCann, DH Chipper Jones, LF Eric Hinske, 1B Freddie Freeman, SS Alex Gonzalez, CF Nate McLouth, RF Joe Mather, P Tim Hudson.
-- Mike DiGiovanna
Photo: Howie Kendrick. Credit: Kelvin Kuo / U.S. Presswire