Angels fight injury bug, recall Morales

The Angels continue to be inconvenienced by injuries. This time, first baseman Casey Kotchman and third baseman Chone Figgins are the culprits.

The Angels will be down a couple of infielders for the next few days.

Third baseman Chone Figgins is day-to-day with a bone bruise on the outside of his left wrist. Figgins left Tuesday's game when he checked his swing on a pitch in the third inning and hasn't played since. He hasn't swung a bat at all since that at-bat, but he said the wrist is feeling better.

Figgins said the problem cropped up on occasion last season, and seemed to become an issue whenever the switch-hitter batted right-handed this season.

"I've talked to a lot of switch hitters, and they say they get the same thing," Figgins said. "You don't see a lot of left-handers, so you don't get as many at-bats from the right side. Then you have to go out there and fire. You try and get your work in during batting practice, but it's not the same."

Meanwhile, first baseman Casey Kotchman was hit in the left hand by a pitch from Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning Wednesday night. He had X-rays and other tests performed on his left thumb and middle finger Thursday and was diagnosed with a bruised thumb and sprained middle finger. His status will be re-evaluated on a day-to-day basis, as well.

Robb Quinlan started at first base Thursday and the Angels promoted first baseman/outfielder Kendry Morales from Class AAA Salt Lake after the game. Morales has hit .341 in Class AAA this season and had a 12-game hitting streak through Thursday with 21 hits in his past 44 at-bats.

"We're going to wait this thing out with Casey for four or five days," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Right now, we'll bring Kendry up and see if he can give us a spark. He's been swinging the bat real well in (Class AAA)."

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