07/18/10 8:08 PM ET
Kazmir lands on DL with left shoulder fatigue
Southpaw likely to miss just one turn in Angels' rotation
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
The move is retroactive to July 11, meaning Kazmir might miss only one turn in the rotation. The tentative plan is for him to start on July 26 against the Red Sox at Angel Stadium.
"Kaz in his workouts this weekend came out with a little stiffness there, and it's something that just comes up now," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "So we have an advantage with where we were with the All-Star break when he last pitched, that we really can push him back and get him out there Monday if everything goes well."
The Angels will wait to announce who will start on Tuesday. Triple-A right-handers Trevor Bell and Sean O'Sullivan are the most likely candidates to get the call.
"We'll have an announcement," Scioscia said. "We'll be bringing somebody up. The rotation will have the extra day."
Angels activate Izturis, designate McAnulty
ANAHEIM -- Infielder Maicer Izturis was recalled from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday after making two successful rehab starts with Triple-A Salt Lake over the weekend. First baseman Paul McAnulty was designated for assignment to make room for Izturis on the 25-man roster.
Izturis, who had been on the disabled list with a strained left forearm since June 16, went 1-for-4 with a run scored on Sunday after going 1-for-3 with an RBI on Saturday.
It was enough for the Angels to declare Izturis ready to return to the club, especially considering he had been taking batting practice and participating in high-intensity fielding and running drills for nearly a week.
The move won't be the only one the Angels will be making in the near future either, as Angels manager Mike Scioscia hinted at a few possible roster changes in the coming days.
"We've got some other things we're looking at," Scioscia said. "We're going to let the dust settle here in a day or two and see where we are. Paul needs to go down there and start swinging again. He wasn't getting many at-bats here and we need pitching."
Birthday boy Hunter returns to center field
ANAHEIM -- Torii Hunter celebrated his 35th birthday on Sunday by returning to his native center field after serving as the Angels' designated hitter Saturday.
Hunter, who jokingly said he was turning 25, was happy to be back in the outfield. He's not a big fan of being a DH, especially because playing center field is such a big part of his game with nine straight Gold Gloves at the position.
He's also had some impressive performances on his birthday, going 8-for-27 with two homers and four RBIs on July 18 over his career.
But Hunter has struggled a bit since the All-Star break and is batting 1-for-13 over the past three games against the Mariners. Angels manager Mike Scioscia, though, isn't worried about Hunter, who leads the team with a .289 batting average, 15 home runs and 62 RBIs.
"I think it's probably mentally more than anything," Scioscia said. "He was doing a lot, but I think he's physically fine and he hasn't had many hits fall in these last three games, but he's going to be fine."
Matsui makes 15th start of season in left
ANAHEIM -- Hideki Matsui, who had the day off on Saturday, started in left field for the 15th time this season on Sunday and batted sixth in the lineup.
Matsui didn't see any time in the outfield last season with the Yankees, but he's been a force at the plate in his 14 games in left with the Angels this season, posting a .388 batting average, four home runs and 19 RBIs -- compared to a .225 average, six home runs and 28 RBIs in 72 games while serving as designated hitter.
But Angels manager Mike Scioscia isn't putting too much stock into those splits.
"Last year, he hit terrific as a DH," Scioscia said. "Really, you're looking at a small sample. I know most hitters' preference, if they have been a position player, is to play in the field at some level. But last year he had a terrific season in the DH role, so I don't think that's going to be an issue."
Angels limit Ichiro through first three games
ANAHEIM -- Mariners All-Star right fielder Ichiro Suzuki has certainly fared well against the Angels this season, accumulating a .413 average in 12 games, but he has been limited to just two hits this series.
The Angels have held Ichiro to a .167 batting average (2-for-12) over the past three games, but he did come through with a three-run double in the Angels' 8-3 win on Friday.
"He's a catalyst for that lineup and I don't think you're ever going to shut him down, but you certainly have to do your best to control and contain him to some extent, and when he's on that becomes a difficult proposition," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "But his ability to hit a multitude of pitches and put them in play and find holes is incredible, so you have to really try to make good pitches.
"And sometimes that's not even enough because with his speed he can create things that maybe some guys can. It's critical that you contain him to some extent, but I don't think you're ever going to shut him down."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.