Bourjos, the team's second-hottest hitter in June with a .364 average, jammed his hand sliding into second base in the second inning Sunday. He succeeded in breaking up a double play, leading to a pair of runs, but he injured his thumb in the process and had to leave the game an inning later.
X-rays at the stadium were negative and Bourjos, who already has spent 40 days on the disabled list this season because of a strained hamstring, was listed as day to day. But he skipped the team's charter flight to Detroit so he could been examined further by hand specialist Steven Shin.
"No DL," wrote Bourjos, who is expected to rejoin the Angels on Tuesday. "Once the swelling goes down I can play."
Vargas, who went on the disabled list Friday because of a blood clot under his left arm, also had a medical appointment with a specialist early Monday. Before that visit, the Angels said they were unsure how long Vargas would be out, but Manager
That uncertainty could create a number of problems for the Angels. Not only does it create a hole in their rotation — one that will be filled in the short term by
If the Angels remain out of playoff contention, Vargas would make an appealing target for teams such as San Francisco and Baltimore, who are expected to seek pitching help. Vargas, the
Confidence stirred, not shaken
The Angels' bullpen ERA jumped nearly a quarter of a run, to 4.11, in the final two innings of Sunday's loss to the
It was a massive meltdown considering Frieri hadn't given up a run in his 10 previous outings, retiring the last 22 batters he faced. And he hadn't blown a save since April.
Jepsen, who spent time on the disabled list because of a shoulder strain, had given up only one earned run since April 9 and held opponents scoreless in 15 of his first 18 appearances this season.
But Jepsen said he and Frieri have no choice but to forget that game and move on — something that will be a little easier to do as both have spent parts of five seasons in the majors.
"It's a huge thing," Jepsen said. "As you get more experienced in the big leagues, you can keep your confidence even when things aren't going well, because you know you can turn it around."
Speaking of turning things around, with Pittsburgh closer