6/2/2013 1:32 A.M. ET
Kendrick on pace for a career offensive year
By Austin Laymance / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Second baseman Howie Kendrick is off to the best offensive start of his eight-year career.
Kendrick hit .299 with seven home runs, 29 RBIs and 24 runs during the first two months of the season, reaching base at a .336 clip and slugging .455. With about two-thirds of the season remaining, he is on pace to set career highs in hits, homers and RBIs.
"I think he's made an adjustment over the years, understanding pitchers and what they try to do," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's become a very potent offensive force for a second baseman."
Kendrick isn't getting caught up in the numbers, though, and is keeping a simple approach to hitting.
"Just see the ball and hit it," Kendrick said. "I think the biggest thing is to try to get a mistake and hit it."
But Scioscia believes Kendrick's improvement goes beyond that.
"I think Howie has refined some things, and when he gets comfortable in the batter's box the way he is now, you see that he can use the whole field," he said. "I think sometimes he gets a little one-dimensional, where he's trying to hit the ball so much to right field that he loses his ability to drive the ball like he can, but right now I think he's comfortable. He's going gap to gap, line to line. And he's at his best when he's using the whole field."
Kendrick, who will turn 30 in June, has started at second base in every game this season but hasn't shown signs of slowing. Over his past 17 games, he is hitting .355 with two homers, five doubles, 12 RBIs and 13 runs.
"He's one of those guys [who] at some point you want to give a breather, but he's been playing so well, you don't want to break his rhythm," Scioscia said. "He's doing a lot of things well, and what he's doing in the batter's box is important to us."
Minor League rehab assignment up next for Bourjos
ANAHEIM -- Outfielder Peter Bourjos continues to progress as he recovers from a strained left hamstring and will begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Monday with Class A Inland Empire.
Bourjos anticipates playing in four or five rehab games, and manager Mike Scioscia envisions Bourjos returning to the Angels in a week or less.
"Hopefully I feel good right off the bat, which I think I will," Bourjos said. "So it just depends on if I feel good at the plate."
"We'll see how it goes," Scioscia said. "The thing with Pete is, his legs are important to him in everything he does, so it will give him a chance to get out there and test them. Maybe he'll have to recover and work some stiffness out. He needs to work some of that out."
Bourjos tested the hamstring -- which he injured legging out a sacrifice bunt on April 29 in Oakland -- running the bases for the second straight day on Saturday. He also took batting practice and shagged fly balls. He will rest on Sunday.
Although Bourjos will begin his rehab assignment with Inland Empire, the plan is for him to advance to Triple-A Salt Lake later in the week before being activated.
Mike Trout moved from left field to center following Bourjos' injury, with J.B Shuck getting the majority of playing time in left. Trout is expected to shift back to left when Bourjos returns.
Shuck, meanwhile, entered Saturday's game against the Astros hitting .270 with eight RBIs and eight runs scored in 27 games following Bourjos' injury.
"I think J.B. has played great baseball," Scioscia said. "He's a guy that understands his game, much like David Eckstein. He uses his speed. He plays hard. He's gotten his bunts down. He's run the bases well. He's done everything you would expect of a guy really getting his first full look of playing every day. He's given us a boost of energy that you can see on the field. He's doing well."
Fans, employees wig out at stadium to set record
ANAHEIM -- The Angels set their latest Guinness world record on Saturday night.
This time the organization set the record for the largest gathering of people wearing rally wigs. In the fifth inning of Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Astros, fans and ballpark employees donned wigs for 10 consecutive minutes to set the record.
After the announcement was made to put on the wigs in the top of the fifth, fans cheered and rose to their feet; they also did the wave.
The headgear, a mix of red and white, was distributed before the game as part of a promotion. Though some fans discarded their wigs after the record was established, many sported them for the entire game.
Angel Stadium has already been the site of the Guinness world records for the most cowboy hats, wrestling masks and Snuggie blankets worn.
• Left-handed reliever Sean Burnett will start playing catch within the next couple of days, manager Mike Scioscia said on Saturday. Burnett was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a sore left elbow.
"Everything seems like it's calming down, but the issue is when he gets out there and gets up on the mound and he's trying to turn the ball loose," Scioscia said. "We're a little ways from that. But the first step is obviously playing catch."
• Right-handed reliever Ryan Madson, who last month experienced a third setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, played catch in the outfield at Angel Stadium for a third straight day on Saturday.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.