ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday after breaking a bone in his left hand.
Oakland's Chad Gaudin hit Kendrick with a pitch in the seventh inning of the Athletics' 4-1 victory on Tuesday night. An MRI and CT scan Wednesday revealed Kendrick has a non-displaced fracture at the base of his middle finger.
No timetable was set for Kendrick's return, but he's expected to be sidelined for several weeks. The 23-year-old Kendrick is hitting .327 with two homers and four RBIs.
The Angels are expected to replace Kendrick on their 25-man roster before Friday night's game against Seattle.
The Angels also said slugger Vladimir Guerrero, hit on the right wrist by Boston's Josh Beckett on Monday, might return to the lineup as early as Friday night. An MRI and CT scan Wednesday confirmed the original diagnosis of a bruised wrist. Guerrero is hitting .364 with three homers and 12 RBIs.
The Angels, losers of six straight games, are hitting .247 as a team with 44 runs in their 15 games.
In addition, right-hander Greg Jones cleared optional waivers and was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake of the Pacific Coast League.
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