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Howie Kendrick the latest casualty
Howie Kendrick the latest casualty

Posted Jul 14, 2007

The Angels' disabled list remains a revolving door as the second half gets underway.

While they welcomed back Justin Speier Friday after 2 1/2 months sidelined by an intestinal infection, the Angels also had to return Howie Kendrick to the disabled list for the second time this season with an injury to his left hand.

Kendrick wrenched the index finger on his left hand 10 days ago during the Angels' series in Texas. He tried to play through it, made one appearance last weekend in New York but a small fracture was detected by X-rays Friday. Kendrick missed five weeks earlier this season with a broken bone in his left hand suffered when he was hit by a pitch.

Moving Kendrick to the DL was the 16th time the Angels have used the DL this season.

Speier was activated from the DL before Friday's game against the Texas Rangers. He had not pitched for the Angels since April 30. In the interim, he lost weight, struggled with bouts of nausea and had difficulty sleeping as he tried to shake the effects of the infection. He had to shut down one minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment in early June before trying again in July.

Now Speier says he has regained his stamina and most of the lost weight.

"I'm ready to go," Speier said. "The first time I came back, I felt like I rushed it a little bit. This time, I went down and pitched in five games at Rancho Cucamonga (on a second rehab assignment) and I felt like I needed to get a regular work week in, to see how my body would recover.

"It has been a long road."

Speier had a 1.69 earned-run average in 15 appearances before going on the DL and held opposing batters to a .130 average while striking out 17 in 16 innings.

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