8/21/2013 7:05 P.M. ET
Bourjos won't place blame for slump on injured wrist
By William Boor / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- When Peter Bourjos was activated from the disabled list, he admitted there was still some discomfort in his wrist, and in the five games since he has rejoined the Angels, he is 0-for-18.
It would be easy for Bourjos to simply say his wrist is hampering him at the plate, but the center fielder insists that is not the case.
"It's just the timing of getting back into it," Bourjos said of his struggles. "It's been five games. I'm not going to read too much into it. Coming off of not playing for six weeks and it's just more timing than anything."
Bourjos was also seen fiddling with his wrist after crashing into the center-field wall attempting to rob Carlos Santana of a home run in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game.
However, Bourjos simply said that was a reaction to hitting the wall and that his wrist is OK.
As for the struggles at the plate, Bourjos has seen his average drop from .333 to .293 during this stretch, but his manager expects the hits to start coming.
"Hopefully his swings are improving a little bit and he'll get out there and find a comfort zone," manager Mike Scioscia said.
Trout out of lineup for third straight contest
ANAHEIM -- Angels superstar Mike Trout left Sunday's game with tightness in his right hamstring and hasn't been in the lineup since.
Trout did not start on Wednesday and won't play again until his condition improves a bit more.
"He's getting therapy," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I don't know if he's made enough progress to come out here and run the bases, but we definitely have to get him out there and make sure he can move the way he needs to before he can play."
Trout did some agility drills on Tuesday, but he has yet to run.
Eligible to come off DL, Kendrick not yet activated
ANAHEIM -- Howie Kendrick, who is nursing a hyperextended left knee, was eligible to come off of the disabled list Wednesday, but the Angels did not activate him prior to the game.
"He's making progress, [he's] just still trying to get over a little bit of residual soreness," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Kendrick has been working out and doing baseball activities, but still needs "a little more time" before he is ready to play second base on a consistent basis.
"He plays a position where you need to move, you need range," Scioscia said. "Even if he was just DH-ing, you have to be able to run at a certain pace, and we want to make sure that he gets there before we're putting him out there and make sure he can do what he needs to do before we put him out there."
• Prior to Wednesday's game, the Angels made a couple of roster moves.
Following Tuesday's 14-inning marathon, the Angels needed more depth in the bullpen, so Collin Cowgill was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake and Billy Buckner was promoted.
The Angels also transferred Robert Coello from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
• Hank Conger said his fingers were a little numb following Tuesday's game because of a ball that hit him in the hand when he was trying to execute a suicide squeeze.
However, Conger is batting fifth and catching on Wednesday and said his hand is now 100 percent.
• The waiver claim period on Jason Vargas and Erick Aybar ended on Wednesday and both players were present in the Angels clubhouse. Aybar was batting second and starting at shortstop.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.