Erstad May Be Back on Next Home Stand

Times Staff Writer

When the Angels return to Edison Field, center fielder Darin Erstad hopes to make his long-awaited return to the lineup.

Erstad, out five weeks because of a hamstring injury, said Tuesday he hopes to complete a minor league rehabilitation assignment next week and rejoin the Angels when their next home stand opens June 9.

The Angels won’t commit to any timetable until they evaluate a workout scheduled today and how he recovers from it. Although Erstad has been hitting regularly, he expects to need five to seven days in the minors to get his right leg -- and cranky hamstring -- back in game shape.

“It’s just so weak,” he said. “I haven’t used it for five weeks. I have to build it up so I don’t blow it out by coming back too fast.


“We have a lot of baseball left. The last thing you want to do is come back too quickly and have a setback. You want to come back so you’re back for good.”


After unilaterally slashing ballpark beer prices in his first day as the new Angel owner, Arte Moreno has directed team executives to review prices of all items sold at concession stands and souvenir shops. Fans can expect some prices reduced by the next home stand, senior vice president Kevin Uhlich said.... Closer Troy Percival said his injured hip felt better, but Manager Mike Scioscia indicated it is far too soon to know whether Percival’s absence will be measured in weeks or months. “There’s always a worst-case scenario, being a really extended time. We can’t answer that right now,” Scioscia said.... Third baseman Troy Glaus, who hit .550 with four home runs last week, was selected as co-American League player of the week. For the first time in franchise history, Angel players have won the award in consecutive weeks; first baseman Scott Spiezio was selected last week.... Glaus leads AL third basemen in fan voting to determine All-Star game starters. No Angel has been voted into the starting lineup since Wally Joyner in 1986.