06/06/12 2:36 AM ET
Slumping Kendrick not in starting lineup
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
Maicer Izturis started at second base and batted second.
The Angels' second baseman, signed to a four-year, $33.5 million extension in January, came into the second game of a three-game series against the Mariners with a .251/.280/.367 slash line through 53 games, way below the .285/.338/.464 mark he posted while making the All-Star team last season.
You could point to his team-leading 46 strikeouts, but Kendrick had that exact number through 53 games last season, and still managed to sport a .306 batting average by that point.
"Obviously he's not swinging the bat to his potential," Scioscia said. "I think he's caught in between a little bit. At times he's out in front, at times he's missing some fastballs he should hit. Howie's just a terrific hitter in the box, and right now he's searching for some things, and we need him."
Wilson on 7-day DL, with Conger recalled
ANAHEIM -- The Angels placed catcher Bobby Wilson on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Tuesday, one day after a foul tip made him feel woozy and forced him to exit the game.
To take Wilson's place on the roster, the Angels called up young Triple-A catcher Hank Conger, who returned from injury less than a week ago, and inserted him into the lineup against the Mariners.
Wilson said he was feeling "fatigued" and "drowsy" on Tuesday, but was confident he could return to the Angels when his DL stint is up.
Considering the concussion he suffered during a home-plate collision with the Yankees' Mark Teixeira in April 2010, and a very mild one he nursed when getting hit on a backswing in Minnesota earlier this season, the Angels needed to be cautious.
"The way he feels today or what happened, I think this will be something that hopefully he'll get over in quick order," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "You have to be cautious. He was feeling it a little bit last night. Today he feels better, but still not quite where he needs to be. You have to let this play out, and hopefully he'll be back with us soon."
In the top of the first on Monday night, Wilson took a foul tip off the bat of Kyle Seager, just before the Mariners' third baseman hit a solo homer. He initially stayed in the game, but was replaced by backup John Hester just before his second-inning at-bat.
"I kind of had this same feeling as I did in that collision," Wilson said. "It's kind of like your face gets really hot, and that's kind of how I knew that something was a little different. And then I started getting a little headache towards the end of the night last night."
Wilson was told to lay low for a couple days. He isn't taking any prescribed medication, though he popped a few Tylenols to ease his headaches, and was told it usually takes 3-5 days for a concussion like his to clear up.
"It could linger, but I don't feel like it will," Wilson said, adding that team physician Craig Milhouse "referred to it as was like a ding. I've had these before, but this one jarred me a little bit more than usually."
Conger returned to action at Triple-A Salt Lake last Thursday, after an awkward throw caused a right elbow strain that put him out a little more than a month. If nothing else, Conger, a 24-year-old switch-hitter who has posted a .299/.361/.468 slash line in seven years in the Minors, could provide some offense to a position that ranks 25th in the Majors in OPS.
LaTroy Hawkins (right pinkie) hurled a clean inning for Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, striking out a batter and throwing nine pitches (seven strikes). He'll pitch there again on Thursday, with the hope of joining the Angels for their weekend Interleague series against the Rockies.
Scioscia doesn't believe starter Jered Weaver (lower back strain) will have to go on a rehab assignment, but catcher Chris Iannetta (right wrist surgery) will.
The Angels will host their final visit for the Adopt-A-School program on Wednesday, when outfielder Kole Calhoun and broadcaster Jose Tolentino visit Lowell Elementary in Santa Ana, Calif., at 10:15 a.m. PT.
Two former Angels passed away recently. Pitcher Pedro Borbon, who spent one of his 12 big league seasons with the then-California Angels, lost his battle with cancer at age 65 on Monday. Former scout Hal Keller, 84, died in his sleep on Tuesday.
On Monday night, Angels outfielder Mike Trout became the youngest player in franchise history to record four hits in a game (at 20 years, 302 days old), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The previous youngest was Jay Johnstone, who did it in 1966 at 20 years and 306 days old.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.