Wood goes on DL; Izturis activated

Updated: May 25, 2010, 8:05 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM -- The Los Angeles Angels placed struggling third baseman Brandon Wood on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Nobody was making much of an effort to hide the fact that it's more about his ailing swing than an injury.

Wood developed a slightly strained hip flexor while swinging a bat, then aggravated it while landing on Albert Pujols making an awkward tag attempt Sunday in St. Louis.

Wood, 25, is batting .156 with three extra-base hits in 122 at-bats. He said trainers have told him he could resume baseball activities by this weekend. After that, Wood will join Triple-A Salt Lake on a rehabilitation assignment. Placing him on the DL was the only way to get Wood down to the minors without the risk of losing him via a waiver claim. He is out of options.

"It gives me an opportunity, once this thing cleans up, to actually work on my swing without hurting the big club here," Wood said. "I'll look at it as an opportunity to get better."

The Angels also activated Maicer Izturis from the DL and he was in the starting lineup at third base.

In addition, the club optioned reliever Bobby Cassevah to Triple-A and recalled Francisco Rodriguez.

Center fielder Torii Hunter was not with the club for Tuesday night's game against Toronto. He was granted permission to go to Texas for his son's graduation from high school.

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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