Second baseman Kevin Flora, in an attempt to revitalize his career, has agreed to play in the Arizona Fall League and will report Sept. 30 to the Tempe Rafters.
"Kevin's really excited about coming," said Bill Moore, Flora's agent. "His attitude is totally different now."
Flora, projected to be the Angels' everyday second baseman this season, rejected the club's invitation to play in the fall league last winter while continuing to mourn his wife, who died April 22, 1993. Flora began this season with triple-A Vancouver, but took a two-month leave of absence in May.
Flora returned to the Angel organization in July, but has been hampered by tendinitis in his left knee. He has played only 12 games at Class A Lake Elsinore, and is batting .227 with three RBIs. He probably will complete the season at Lake Elsinore without returning to Vancouver, according to Ken Forsch, Angel farm director.
"Now we're trying to make sure he's back in playing shape again," Forsch said.
The Angels, according to a league official, also have decided to send at least four other players to the Arizona Fall League: Double-A Midland shortstop Tim Harkrider (.268, no homers, 48 RBIs) and triple-A pitchers Mark Holzemer (4-10, 6.79 earned-run average), Ken Edenfield (9-4, 3.61 ERA) and Jeff Schmidt (1-5, 4.25 ERA).