Angels send down Reggie Willits

Updated: April 25, 2011, 9:26 PM ET
By Mark Saxon |

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels promoted 22-year-old infielder Alexi Amarista from Triple-A Salt Lake Monday and sent down outfielder Reggie Willits.

The move is related to an injury to leadoff man Maicer Izturis, who was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a strained left hamstring. Amarista was batting .455 with 16 RBIs in 14 games at Salt Lake. Willits, who began the season on the disabled list with a calf injury, was 0-for-7.

Izturis, who is listed as day to day, leads the Angels with a .338 batting average, which ranks 10th in the American League.

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for

Mark Saxon
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for 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.