9/8/2013 8:37 P.M. ET
Calhoun learning from both skids and streaks
By William Boor / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- After an 0-for-19 slump in the middle of August, Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun has gotten back into a rhythm at the plate.
Calhoun had just one plate appearance Saturday and popped out to shortstop in the seventh inning, ending a career-long hitting streak at eight games, but he hit .327 over his last 16 games entering Sunday. He then homered in his first at-bat Sunday in the series finale against the Angels.
Asked about the difference between his slump and current hot streak, Calhoun conceeded that there was simply nowhere to go but up.
"Nothing special; it's easy to pick it up after you're in an 0-for-19 slump or whatever it was," Calhoun said. "It's just going out and trying to help the team win and some things going my way to turn it around a little bit."
And Calhoun has turned it around. The outfielder has raised his batting average from .239 on Aug. 29 to .263 over nine games, and with Peter Bourjos most likely out for the rest of the season, Calhoun will get several opportunities to prove himself for 2014 and beyond.
Although the rest of Calhoun's season -- just like that of J.B. Shuck and Collin Cowgill -- may be a bit of an audition for the future, that is the furthest thing from Calhoun's mind.
"This is my first real experience in the big leagues, and I'm learning a lot, but I'm not thinking about next year and what this means," Calhoun said. "I'm day to day, and I'm here today, looking to help the guys win today."
Bourjos to have surgery, miss rest of season
ANAHEIM -- Shortly after Sunday's loss to the Rangers, the Angels announced that Peter Bourjos would have surgery on his right wrist and miss the rest of the season.
Bourjos had hoped to be able to play through the pain, but he was unable to take quality swings.
The center fielder fractured his wrist when he was hit by a pitch June 29, missed seven weeks and returned to the Angels' lineup after an eight-game rehab assignment.
However, he was not the same. Bourjos hit .109 in 15 games and has started only two of the last 10.
The recovery from the surgery is supposed to take about eight weeks, so Bourjos will be healthy for Spring Training.
Jimenez misses time after being hit by pitch
ANAHEIM -- Angels third baseman Luis Jimenez left Saturday's 8-3 victory over the Rangers with a right thumb contusion.
The injury occurred when Jimenez was hit by a pitch, but he also hurt his left thumb sliding into home plate.
Jimenez was not in Sunday's lineup but said his thumbs felt a little better and that he expected to miss only a few days.
The Angels recalled infielder Tommy Field from Triple-A Salt Lake just in case, but Mike Scioscia said he did not think Jimenez would miss a significant amount of time.
"He's sore," Scioscia said. "He got banged up. We'll see when he will be available. Hopefully he'll be day to day."
• The Angels' top three Minor League affiliates are in the playoffs.
Triple-A Salt Lake won the PCL Pacific Conference Championship and advanced to the Finals, a best-of-five series that begins Tuesday.
Double-A Arkansas will also play Tuesday as it begins the Texas League Championship Series.
Class A Inland Empire is in the divisional finals round and trails the series, 1-0. Game 2 was scheduled for Sunday night.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.