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Bourjos needs time to get groove back

June 15, 2013|Kevin Baxter
  • Peter Bourjos came off of the 15-day disabled list and in his second game after being reinstated he robbed J.J. Hardy of a home run.
Peter Bourjos came off of the 15-day disabled list and in his second game… (Patrick Smith / Getty Images )

Peter Bourjos was leading the Angels in batting when he strained his left hamstring six weeks ago and landed on the disabled list. And though Bourjos was hitless in two of the first three games he played since being reactivated this week, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia doesn't think Bourjos will have to start over to rediscover his groove.

"There's no doubt it's going to take a little bit of time," he said. "A normal spring training, you're talking about 60 to 70 at-bats. I don't think we're there."

Bourjos' glove remains in midseason form, though. In his second game back, Bourjos went high above the center-field wall in Baltimore to take a home run away from the Orioles' J.J. Hardy. According to ESPN Stats and Info, it was the fifth time Bourjos has robbed a home run, tying him with San Diego's Cameron Maybin for the major league lead since 2010.

"I thought I had a pretty good chance of catching it off the bat," said Bourjos, who entered Friday with just one error in his last 136 games entering Friday.

Coello shut down

Reliever Robert Coello, who went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with shoulder inflammation, has been shut down for at least a month, Scioscia said.

The right-hander, whose repertoire includes a mid-90s fastball and a forkball that looks more like a knuckleball, was 2-1 with a 0.68 earned-run average in his first 11 games. But in his last two outings, against the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, he gave up six earned runs and five hits and walked five in 11/3 innings.

"Robert's going to be out probably for a minimum of four weeks and we'll see where it is past that. He's got a shoulder and elbow a little bit banged up," Scioscia said.

Once Coello starts throwing again he would probably need at least two weeks to rebuild arm strength, meaning he could be out until August. The Angels said they don't believe Coello will need surgery.

Feeling the draft

The Angels have reached agreement with 34 of the 39 players they drafted two weeks ago and appear to be close to a deal with their top choice, left-hander Hunter Green, who had 110 strikeouts and a 0.14 ERA in 51 innings as a senior at Warren East High in Bowling Green, Ky.

Green, who posted a Twitter picture of himself in an Angels cap on draft day, has reportedly told the Angels he is eager to sign and report to the team's minor league complex in Arizona. The Angels, who did not have a first-round selection, took Green in the second round, making him the 59th pick overall. Baseball's recommended bonus for that slot is $942,000.

Short hops

The Angels have agreed to terms with former major leaguer Dustin Richardson on a minor league deal. Richardson, a 29-year-old left-hander, was pitching with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League. He was suspended for 50 games in 2012 after violating baseball's drug policy.


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