Peter Bourjos not in lineup for Angels’ game against Mets
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Peter Bourjos made a spectacular leaping catch at the wall and knocked in the go-ahead run with a double Friday night, but that did not earn the young center fielder a start Saturday night against the New York Mets.
Vernon Wells moves from left field to center and Bobby Abreu, who has a .407 average since May 29, will start in left, giving the Angels more punch at the plate but perhaps leaving them a little more vulnerable defensively in Citi Field’s spacious outfield.
‘We still have a pretty good center fielder out there,’ Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. ‘We definitely want to get Bobby’s bat in the lineup, and Peter has played a lot; we need to give him a chance to catch his breath.’
Bourjos said his ribs were still a little sore Saturday from his collision with the wall, but the fact he is not starting has nothing to do with an injury.
‘I feel good, I want to play,’ Bourjos said. ‘But don’t have the designated hitter [in the National League park] and Bobby has been one of the hottest hitters in the game, so you want to get him in the lineup.’
Scioscia said that Alberto Callaspo, sidelined since Sunday because of a left hamstring pull, will be available to pinch hit this weekend and could return to the lineup for Monday night’s game in Florida.
The Angels lineup: 3B Maicer Izturis, SS Erick Aybar, RF Torii Hunter, LF Abreu, CF Wells, 2B Howie Kendrick, 1B Russell Branyan, C Hank Conger, P Dan Haren.
The Mets lineup: SS Jose Reyes, 2B Justin Turner, RF Carlos Beltran, 3B Daniel Murphy, CF Angel Pagan, LF Jason Bay, 1B Lucas Duda, C Ronny Paulino, P Mike Pelfrey.
-- Mike DiGiovanna in New York