6/29/2013 8:11 P.M. ET
Scioscia gets apology call from Porter over foul ball
By Chris Abshire / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia got a surprise phone call Saturday morning, but one he's heard before after a Houston game.
Astros manager Bo Porter called Scioscia to apologize for an "unacceptable" incident during the sixth inning of Friday's game.
Houston outfielder Chris Carter popped the ball up in foul territory in front of the Astros' dugout, causing Angels catcher Hank Conger and first baseman Mark Trumbo to give chase. Neither caught it, with Trumbo and Conger each appearing to back off near the last second. Conger was originally charged with an error for failing to catch what looked to be a relatively routine play.
But the error was curiously revoked after the game, only furthering the confusion about the play. Conger said he heard someone yell, "I got it," so he backed off. However, Trumbo hadn't called him off.
Porter acknowledged someone yelled at Conger, but he wouldn't say who it was or what exactly was hollered.
"It came from our dugout," Porter said. "I called Mike this morning and he and I had a good conversation about it. I apologized to him on behalf of our ballclub. It's nothing I condone, but I take full responsibility and it won't happen again. It was handled the way it should be handled."
The play didn't lead to any damage, as Conger nailed Jose Altuve trying to steal third and Carter grounded into a force out to end the inning.
For Scioscia, it might as well have been water under the bridge by Saturday.
"It's nothing. I appreciate the call, and it's not an issue," Scioscia said. "We're not holding any grudges. We'll go out and play like we do."
Back in May, Porter also phoned Scioscia, apologizing for accidentally making an illegal pitching change. That move got crew chief Fieldin Culbreth suspended and the rest of the umpiring crew fined.
Bourjos exits with right wrist contusion after HBP
HOUSTON -- Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos can't seem to catch a break from the injury bug.
During his first start in five games after returning from a left thumb bruise, Bourjos was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning of Saturday's game against the Astros and had to be removed from the lineup.
The official diagnosis was a right wrist contusion. Bourjos hopped away from the plate clearly in pain, but he stayed in the game initially and was stranded at third following Erick Aybar's two-run single.
To open the bottom of the frame, J.B. Schuck took Bourjos' place in the nine hole of the order and played in left field, while Mike Trout shifted over to center.
"He's getting a precautionary X-ray done today, and we'll get an idea of what's going on," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after the Halos' 7-2 win. "He's dealt with all of it, the whole process before."
Bourjos was 0-for-1 with a strikeout and the hit by pitch before being removed.
Bourjos missed the entire Detroit series with the thumb injury -- which he suffered Sunday against Pittsburgh -- and wasn't in the starting lineup Friday, but he eventually pinch-ran and scored the winning run.
"It feels pretty good," Bourjos said. "The swelling is down, but it's still sore. Still, it's manageable."
He didn't take batting practice until before Friday's game due to the severe swelling, but Scioscia was impressed enough by the swings to put Bourjos back out in center field and in the nine hole Saturday.
"What did it was he swung the bat in BP and really looked good," Scioscia said. "He had no apprehension swinging it. That gave us confidence he could get back in the lineup."
Bourjos was wearing a protective pliable brace around the thumb on Saturday.
The 26-year-old also missed six weeks with a hamstring injury earlier this season.
• Alberto Callaspo went 0-for-4 on Friday, ending a 12-game hitting streak.
"He just missed some pitches," Scioscia said. "You're not going to square up every pitch that you get. When he got a couple of pitches to hit, the contact wasn't there. But he's been hot for us."
Callaspo still has 8 RBIs in his last 12 games, with five multihit games in that stretch.
• The Angels are continuing with a four-man rotation until Tommy Hanson returns from a forearm injury. Hanson is currently on the 15-day disabled list.
With Monday' off-day, the Halos will use C.J. Wilson on Sunday, Jered Weaver on Tuesday and return to Jerome Williams for Wednesday's start.
Chris Abshire is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.