SEATTLE -- Angels second baseman Howard Kendrick exited Thursday's loss to the Mariners in the ninth inning because of stiffness in his right hamstring. Kendrick, playing left field in the game, went 3-for-4 with a home run but told manager Mike Scioscia that he felt tightness in the area early in the game and tried to play through it.
In the ninth inning, Kendrick was thrown out trying to steal second base and left the game after reporting further soreness.
Scioscia said the team didn't know the extent of the injury and would re-evaluate Kendrick prior to Friday's home game against Atlanta.
Halos call on DiSarcina for Draft
The Angels didn't have to look very far to find their representative for the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
Gary DiSarcina, former Angels shortstop and current assistant to general manager Tony Reagins, will be the Halos' representative at this year's Draft on June 6.
DiSarcina, who has been as assistant to Reagins since November 2010, played with the Angels his entire career, from 1989-2000, hitting .258 with 966 hits and 355 RBIs.
Named to the All-Star team in 1995, DiSarcina was also named the Angels' team MVP in 1998.
Among the 30 representatives, Hall of Famers Jim Rice Roberto Alomar, Rod Carew, Tommy Lasorda and Gaylord Perry will attend, as well as Joe Torre and Trevor Hoffman.Live coverage of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft begins with a one-hour preview show on Monday, June 6, at 3 p.m. PT on MLB.com and MLB Network, followed by the first round and supplemental compensation round. MLB.com will provide exclusive coverage of Day 2 and 3, featuring a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player. You can also keep up to date at Draft Central and by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
Hunter has adventurous day in center field
SEATTLE -- Mike Scioscia knows he's a lucky guy when he can have a nine-time Gold Glove center fielder fill in -- at center field.
That was the case on Thursday afternoon, when Torii Hunter moved from his current position of right field to start in place of young center fielder Peter Bourjos, who has been struggling at the plate of late. The Angels called up Bourjos last Aug. 3, and he's been the regular center fielder since.
Bourjos, however, has gone hitless in his last 23 at-bats and was in a 1-for-29 skid overall heading into Thursday's game. He's batting .158 (9-for-57) in May after hitting .300 in April.
"For right now, we're going to give Peter a day," Scioscia said. "He'll continue to play. With any young player, there's going to be some adjustments. As trends start to appear and teams put together scouting reports, the way teams are pitching you -- you have to make adjustments.
"It's a normal process. With experience, their down times will hopefully be shorter."
As for center field, Scioscia didn't seem to have a problem with Hunter occupying the position.
"I think he knows the neighborhood," Scioscia said. "I heard he played it before, so we'll give him a shot."
Hunter ended up having an adventurous day at the position, and it ended badly in the Angels' 2-1 loss to the Mariners.
After making a terrific play on a ball hit by Carlos Peguero in the seventh inning, Hunter had a nightmarish ninth inning. With two out and a runner on third in a tie game, Peguero hit a lazy fly ball to center. Hunter camped under it, but lost the battle with the sun as the ball dropped in for a base hit to give the Mariners the win.
First-round pick undergoes surgery
SEATTLE -- Angels general manager Tony Reagins confirmed a report in the Los Angeles Times that right-handed pitcher Cam Bedrosian, a first-round pick of the Angels in last year's First-Year Player Draft, had "Tommy John" elbow reconstruction surgery and will be out for the requisite 12-15 months.
Bedrosian, 19, is the son of former big league pitcher Steve Bedrosian and was selected 29th overall by the Angels out of East Coweta High School in Georgia.
Bedrosian, whose fastball has been clocked at 95 mph, went 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 innings of work for the Angels' rookie-league team in Arizona last year. He strained the elbow late last season and aggravated it in extended spring training in March.
Kazmir still a long way from returning
SEATTLE -- Angels left-hander Scott Kazmir is still in extended spring training in Arizona, and while he could be sent for rehab outings soon, manager Mike Scioscia said what he's seen from Kazmir on video lately indicates that Kazmir, who has been on the disabled list with lower back stiffness, still has issues to correct.
Kazmir's numbers from a Thursday start indicated that he is making progress. He threw 6 2/3 innings of one-hit, shutout ball, striking out seven and walking three in an extended spring training game.
Kazmir made one start this year -- on April 3 in Kansas City -- and gave up five runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings with two walks, two hit batsmen and a balk. He hasn't pitched for the Angels since then, and Scioscia said Kazmir has been exhibiting the body language of a pitcher searching for consistency in his delivery.
"He's frustrated," Scioscia said. "As high as the expectations are for him for what he's accomplished in his career, I think he's made strides. But the bottom line is results."
Scioscia wouldn't speculate on Kazmir's chances of re-entering the starting rotation when ready. Rookie Tyler Chatwood has done well at times in his place.
"Let's see when he's healthy and ready to return," Scioscia said. "We'll make some decisions when Scott gets ready and into his game. Right now he's not there."
Reagins shoots down Millwood rumor
SEATTLE -- Angels general manager Tony Reagins shot down a Twitter rumor from SI.com that the Angels, along with the Cubs, are interested in signing veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood, who has not pitched this year but has recently become a free agent.
Reagins acknowledged that Millwood "has had a good deal of success in his career," but also said, "I'm not going to respond to an arbitrary tweet."
The Angels' current 25-man roster features seven players aged 25 or younger (Alexi Amarista, Trevor Bell, Peter Bourjos, Tyler Chatwood, Hank Conger, Mark Trumbo and Jordan Walden). Eleven players on the current 25-man roster have less than two years of Major League service time.
Entering Thursday, the Angels bullpen had logged a 5.82 ERA (51 innings, 33 earned runs) this month after posting a 2.43 ERA in April.
Scot Shields will throw out the honorary first pitch on Friday night as part of "81 Alumni First Pitches" during the 50th anniversary season. Shields, a right-handed reliever who retired this past offseason, was part of six American League West division championship teams and a member of the 2002 World Series champion Angels.