Rivera injured in winter league play

A key piece of the Angels' plans for 2007 turned into a question mark Friday when outfielder Juan Rivera broke his lower leg while playing for his winter league team, Caribes de Oriente, in Venezuela.

Juan Rivera, 28, had played in 16 games since joining the squad on November 30, hitting .207 while sharing the team lead with four home runs.

In Friday's contest against Aragua, the outfielder colided with opposing pitcher Cory Bailey near first base, breaking his left tibia and fibula.

Although further evaluation awaits Rivera in Miami, where he is being flown today, Aragua's team doctor, who tended to Rivera, indicated that recovery would likely take at least 12 to 16 weeks.

This story was updated on December 26 to correct the spelling of Cory Bailey's name and identify him as a member of the Tigres.

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