07/22/2003 12:15 PM ET
Notes: Glaus will be fine
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Angels can breathe easier now, knowing Troy Glaus won't be sidelined for too long.
By Anthony Gagliardi / Special to MLB.com
The All-Star third baseman left Monday's game at Tampa Bay after diving awkwardly on a bunt from Julio Lugo in the second inning. The ball ticked off pitcher Aaron Sele's glove, and as Glaus attempted to change directions, his spikes caught in the FieldTurf at Tropicana Field. The the 6-foot-5, 240 pounder came crashing down on his right shoulder.
"Anytime you hurt yourself, it's never not serious," Glaus said. "I had to come out of the game. It's not what I want to do."
After X-rays came back normal, Tampa Bay team orthopedist Dr. Koco Eaton examined Glaus during the game and determined he had a contusion. His status is listed as day-to-day.
"He's a little sore still from when he fell," manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday. "We'll monitor it every day."
The prescription now is just ice and rest for Glaus. But the prognosis is good.
"We want to let this thing calm down and see where it is," Scioscia said. "It doesn't look like it's going to be anything long-term."
Glaus is hitting .248 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs in 319 at-bats this season. Scott Spiezio shifted from first to third after Glaus' injury and was back there again on Tuesday. Shawn Wooten filled in at first for Spiezio.
D-Day: Thursday will probably be the day the team decides what to do with injured reliever Mickey Callaway. The right-handed reliever is eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday, but Scioscia said the team has until Thursday to make up its mind.
To put him back on the roster, the team will have to open up a roster spot. The team could designate him for assignment to send him back to Triple-A. However, the Angels would probably lose him on waivers.
But with an unsettled starting rotation, Scioscia said it might be to the club's benefit to bring him back to give the Angels 12 pitchers.
"Today, no. But moving forward the next couple of weeks, it's something we could look into that would help us," Scioscia said. "The keys are Sele and (Kevin) Appier getting deeper into games. It could be a concern.
"The guys are fresh now, but in three more weeks where are they? The problem is we need to make a decision with Mickey now."
Callaway has been sidelined since June 6 when he went on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder. Monday, he threw two innings in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Salt Lake City, allowing one run on four hits. In 15 appearances, four starts, for the Angels, Callaway was 1-4 with a 6.11 ERA.
Uncharted territory: Sele found himself somewhere he hadn't been in over a month on Monday -- the sixth inning.
After struggling in his first seven starts this year after undergoing surgery to his right shoulder last September, Sele had pitched exactly five innings in each of his past five outings with improved results. The plan was designed by pitching coach Bud Black to improve Sele's stamina, and the numbers seem to back it up.
In his first seven starts, the 33-year-old right-hander owned a 7.22 ERA and had allowed 43 hits in 33 2/3 innings. In his next five appearances, Sele's ERA was 2.88.
Sele required only 81 pitches to get through six innings Monday and allowed two runs on seven hits.
"I think it's totally irrelevant," Sele said. "I'm only thinking pitch-to-pitch, batter-to-batter. I started to get my breaking ball up in the zone in that last inning, so that was a great time to bring (Ben Weber) in."
Down on the farm: A six-run second inning sent Billy Stokley and the Stingers to an 8-2 loss on Monday. Stokley, making his first Triple-A appearance, allowed only one more run the rest of the way to Tucson. It was Salt Lake City's first home game of the second half and first loss in five games. Alfredo Amezaga went 3-for-5 with an RBI double in the seventh. ... Steve Andrade struck out the side to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, and Nathan Haynes supplied the go-ahead single as Double-A Arkansas topped Round Rock 4-3. That support got the Travelers a win in Ervin Santana's Double-A debut. He threw five innings and allowed two earned runs (one unearned) on five hits. He had four strikeouts as the Travelers whiffed 10 Express batters. Joel Peralta had an uneventful ninth for his 17th save. ... Chad Hauseman took home player of the night honors for short-season Provo on Monday by collecting three hits and scoring the winning run in the Angels' 7-6 victory against Idaho Falls. Hauseman knocked in a pair of runs and came home on Jose Guzman's single in the ninth to propel first-place Provo to its eighth straight win.
Anthony Gagliano is an intern for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.