Overall, it was a good weekend for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – they swept the Houston Astros and now ride a six-game winning streak as they return home to open a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals beginning on Tuesday night. Their hot play of late has allowed them improve their record to 39-43, the closest to the .500 mark the team has been since May 30th.
However, the good vibes were tempered with the news that speedy outfielder Peter Bourjos fractured a bone in his right wrist after being hit by a pitch on Saturday.
It’s expected that the Angels will place Bourjos on the 15-day D.L. on Tuesday, and he’ll miss a minimum of two to three weeks.
Jeff Fletcher of the O.C. Register tweeted on Sunday that the team will recall recently-acquired outfielder Colin Cowgill from Triple-A Salt Lake. In three games in AAA since being acquired by the team last week, Cowgill has gone 7-12 with two home runs. The Angels are the fourth organization for the 27-year old, as he has spent parts of the last three with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics and New York Mets.
Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times noted in his column that Bourjos’ injury isn’t as significant as it could have been – and quoted the outfielder as expressing relief in the prognosis given to him by team doctors.
Manager Mike Scioscia lauded Bourjos’ play thus far in 2013 (he’s hitting .326 with a .385 OBP in 40 games), but expressed his own sense of frustration in having Bourjos hit the D.L. again (as quoted by DiGiovanna):
“Being slowed with some physical issues when your confidence is this high is very frustrating. It’s going to take some time to get over this hurdle, but there’s a lot of baseball left, and I know Pete wants to be in the middle of what we’re doing.”