Angels CF Peter Bourjos goes on DL; Alexi Amarista recalled
Peter Bourjos' injured right hamstring tightened up after he did agility drills and ran wind sprints, and the Angels center fielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, retroactive to July 8.
Utility player Alexi Amarista was recalled from triple-A Salt Lake and was expected to be in uniform for the Angels' game against the Oakland Athletics in the Oakland Coliseum.
"It didn't really respond well," said Bourjos, who hit .417 (15 for 36) in his last 11 games before slighty straining of his hamstring. "It's frustrating. It felt really good [Friday] morning. It stinks to sit here and watch, but that's where I'm at right now."
Friday's move means that 19-year-old center fielder Mike Trout, who was called up from double-A Arkansas to replace Bourjos, will remain in the big leagues a little longer than expected. Bourjos won't be eligible to be activated until July 23.
"He's making progress, but not enough to where we project him playing this weekend or the beginning of next week," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "The medical staff has drummed it into our heads that hamstrings are different animals. If you're going to try to determine when a guy is going to be ready, it's better to [bring him back] three days later rather than three days sooner. Peter's speed is critical to what he does and to the team. We want him to get strong for next Saturday."
The Angels lineup: SS Erick Aybar, RF Torii Hunter, DH Bobby Abreu, LF Vernon Wells, 2B Howie Kendrick, 3B Alberto Callaspo, 1B Mark Trumbo, C Jeff Mathis, CF Mike Trout, P Dan Haren.
The Athletics lineup: 2B Jemile Weeks, CF Coco Crisp, LF Josh Willingham, DH Hideki Matsui, 3B Scott Sizemore, RF David DeJesus, 1B Conor Jackson, C Kurt Suzuki, SS Cliff Pennington, P Brandon McCarthy.
-- Mike DiGiovanna in Oakland
Photo: Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos rounds second base on his way to a triple against the White Sox earlier this season at Angel Stadium. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / May 11, 2011