Figgins could be headed to DL
Key catalyst for Angels still bothered by hamstring
ANAHEIM -- Chone Figgins sat at his locker before Monday night's game, not looking very happy. He burns to play, but his right leg isn't letting him.
If it doesn't improve quickly, Figgins is expected to return to the Angels disabled list retroactive to his May 21 start in Toronto, when he aggravated the leg in the area of his hamstring.
"It's actually feeling a little better today," Figgins said. "But I'm not able to get out there yet, and you know how I feel about that."
Maicer Izturis was in the leadoff spot for the first of three games with the Tigers, with Brandon Wood getting the start at third base.
"We're going to have to make a decision with Figgy in a couple days," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's making progress, but I think we're in day five now, so he's going to have to make some significant progress in the next couple of days to project him getting out there to play. Also, to make sure his needs are met to get healthy, so that could mean going back to the DL, sure."
Scioscia said the soreness is in a different area than the original strain on the outside of the hamstring sustained in a slide into home plate on May 3.
"It's more tendinitis in his tendon as opposed to muscle," Scioscia said. "So, we're a little frustrated. Figgy is too."
When Figgins returned in Toronto, he felt that the postgame soreness he felt was directly related to the artificial surface at Rogers Centre. He felt something in the leg as he was pursuing a pop fly.
"He's been on turf before, so I don't see a direct correlation just to turf," Scioscia said. "Sometimes things just crop up, and he's been tested as much as he could. He worked out on turf the day before.
"He went through everything we could put him through, and he took soft-toss fungo at third, which is high intensity. He took batting practice and ran the bases aggressively. He did simulated steals and progressed with everything that week.
"He thought he was feeling good about a week after it happened. There weren't any signs out there saying he couldn't go out there and play."
With Figgins in the lineup, the Angels are 20-13. Without him, they are 10-8. His .423 on-base percentage is the second-best in the AL, and he has reached base with a hit and/or walk in 31 of his 33 starts.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.