Struggling OF tears quadriceps

Updated: June 10, 2004, 3:35 AM ET
Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Raul Mondesi was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a tear in his right quadriceps muscle after just eight games with the injury-riddled Angels.

The 34-year-old outfielder played all 17 innings of Tuesday night's 1-0 loss to Milwaukee and grounded out for the final out of the game. He got hurt before that, but didn't tell manager Mike Scioscia until after the game.

Raul Mondesi

"He played quite some time with it," Scioscia said after a 12-2 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday night.

"He felt a little bit of tightness, but as we found out today, it's obviously much more significant than that. Mondi plays hard, and he can play with a lot of pain and a lot of nicks. But this goes beyond that. This is going to take some time."

Mondesi is 4-for-34 since signing with Anaheim as a free agent, after Pittsburgh terminated his contract on May 19.

The Angels, Mondesi's fifth major league team, are paying him $1.75 million this season. When they signed the 12-year veteran and two-time Gold Glove winner, Scioscia said: "We're confident he's going to go out and not be a risk, injury-wise."

Designated hitter Tim Salmon returned to Anaheim's lineup Wednesday night after missing 35 games with a sore left knee.

Troy Glaus, Garret Anderson and Darin Erstad also are on the disabled list.

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