09/20/07 9:35 PM ET
Notes: Matthews on the mend
Guerrero remains at DH; Figgins still sidelined
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
Guerrero still not ready to throw: Scioscia had Vladimir Guerrero in the DH spot again, and that's where he figures to stay for a while as he recovers from his inflamed right triceps."Vlad's doing internal strength [exercises] for his arm and elbow," Scioscia said. "We want to keep doing that a little more before he throws. That's going to be pushed back for now. I would think it'd be days [before he tests the arm throwing]. The training staff thinks it's important to get a few more days [of physical therapy]." Clinching his 10th consecutive season hitting .300 or better with 25 or more home runs, Guerrero is second on the all-time list. Lou Gehrig, from 1927 through 1937, reached those milestones in 11 consecutive seasons. Figgins sits: Still not quite ready to swing with meaning from the right side as he recovers from the bone bruise in his left wrist, Chone Figgins was out of the lineup against Mariners southpaw Ryan Feierabend. Scioscia said Figgins took batting practice from the right side on Thursday and could play on Friday night against Jarrod Washburn, a lefty well known to the Angels and their fans as staff ace and 18-game winner for the 2002 World Series champs. Hit-happy: Even though they've been out-homered by 26 through 152 games, the Angels have outscored their opponents by 106 runs by out-hitting them, .286 to .264, and by putting the ball in play to fuel their running game. While their opponents have struck out 1,091 times, the Angels have gone down on strikes just 820 times. The Angels are fourth in the AL in runs scored, fifth in fewest runs allowed. Booties for baby "Boot": Chris Bootcheck, known as "Boot" to teammates, is a father for the first time. Wife Gina gave birth to Marin Lilly Bootcheck on Thursday morning. She weighs 6 pounds, 3 ounces and is 19 inches long. Bootcheck has been one of the unsung pillars of the Angels pitching staff this season after making the club as a non-roster invitee. He's been durable, leading the team's relievers with 75 innings pitched, with a 3-2 record and 4.68 ERA across 48 appearances. On Sept. 20 in Angels history: In 2005, on his way to the Cy Young Award, Bartolo Colon gave up an unearned run in seven innings to beat the Rangers, 2-1, at Angel Stadium for his 20th win -- the first Angels pitcher to reach that plateau since Nolan Ryan in 1974. Up next: Joe Saunders (8-3, 3.82) engages Washburn (9-15, 4.53) at 7:05 PT on Friday night at Angel Stadium.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.