Wrist fracture puts Halos' Mathis on DL
Catcher expected to miss four to six weeks
ANAHEIM -- The Angels placed catcher Jeff Mathis on the 15-day disabled list with a right wrist fracture on Tuesday, a day after a foul tip hit him above his thumb in the eighth inning of Monday's game.
Mathis, who is expected to miss four to six weeks with the injury, had his hand examined on Tuesday by team physician Lewis Yocum and the injury was announced in the press box about 90 minutes before the Angels' game against the Tigers. The Angels also announced they recalled utility man Robb Quinlan from Triple-A Salt Lake to take Mathis' place on the 25-man roster.
"It's frustrating, it's upsetting, but it's part of the game," Mathis said. "It's a bad break, didn't go my way."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia talked about Mathis' injury before the roster move was announced, but said he watched the replay of the incident and that Mathis' hand was sore on Tuesday.
"I saw the replay and his hand wasn't really in the position it needed to be -- it needed to be behind the glove," Scioscia said. "Jeff blocks the ball as well as anybody in baseball, so it was just a freak thing that his hand was there and in position where it usually isn't."
The injury couldn't have come at a tougher time for Mathis, who is off to his best offensive start of his career. The 27-year-old was batting .324 and had a hit in all 10 of his starts this season.
With Mathis on the DL, it means more playing time for Mike Napoli, who hit 20 home runs in both 2008 and 2009, but has made just four starts this season because of Mathis' hot start. The Angels also didn't need to recall another catcher with third catcher Bobby Wilson on the active roster.
Abreu reaches rare feat with stolen base
ANAHEIM -- Bobby Abreu's stolen base in the fifth inning at Angel Stadium on Tuesday night made him only the sixth player in Major League history and the only active player to steal 350 career bases and hit 250 home runs.
Rickey Henderson (1,406 stolen bases/297 home runs), Joe Morgan (689/268), Barry Bonds (514/762), Bobby Bonds (461/332) and Craig Biggio (414/291) are the others to reach the achievement.
Abreu stole second without a throw from Tigers catcher Gerald Laird with starter Rick Porcello on the mound and Erick Aybar on third base. There were no outs. Abreu scored on a Hideki Matsui double, putting the Angels ahead, 6-0.
First rainout in 15 years avoided
ANAHEIM -- The Angels nearly had their first rainout in 15 years when early showers before Tuesday's game forced both clubs to hit in the batting cages after the grounds crew covered the infield with tarp.
The tarp was removed from the infield once the rain subsided a little more than an hour before the game's scheduled 7:05 p.m. PT start, thereby avoiding the first rainout at Angel Stadium since June 16, 1995.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia still hasn't had a rainout at home in his 11 seasons at the helm but discussed the difficulties of rainouts for a manager.
"When you have a rain delay you're just wondering if you're going get the game in and when you're going start," Scioscia said. "And you're wondering if you're going to lose your starting pitcher after two innings if it rains harder, so there's a some anxiety about whether you are going to play."
Fuentes expected to return Wednesday
ANAHEIM -- Angels closer Brian Fuentes came out of Monday's rehab appearance with Class A Rancho Cucamonga feeling fine and is expected to be activated from the disabled list before Wednesday's game against the Tigers.
Fuentes, who was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to April 6 with a strain in his middle back, threw a perfect inning with one strikeout in his appearance.
"He feels good so he'll play a little catch and if he feels good after he'll be activated tomorrow," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Fuentes, who led the Majors with 48 saves last season, has made only one appearance for the Angels this year when he earned a save on Opening Day against the Twins.
The Angels announced Tuesday that right-hander Francisco Rodriguez will be optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for Fuentes on the 25-man roster.
Rodney adds versatility to Halos' bullpen
ANAHEIM -- Angels reliever Fernando Rodney has made the most of his save opportunities this season as he has converted all four chances in 1-2-3 fashion with three strikeouts in four innings pitched.
Rodney, who has served as closer in Brian Fuentes' absence, has converted 44 of his past 45 save chances.
But Tuesday could be his last chance for another save with Fuentes scheduled to be activated from the disabled list before Wednesday's game. Angels manager Mike Scioscia, though, has certainly been impressed with Rodney.
"He's used to that role," Scioscia said. "Fernando is prepared to pitch in the seventh, eighth or ninth inning or whatever we need. So he's been important for our depth."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.