ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Angels center fielder Garret Anderson was
activated from the disabled list Thursday after missing 42 games due to arthritis in his upper back.
Anderson went on the disabled list on April 28, his first time on the DL in 10 major league seasons. The MVP of last year's All-Star Game, Anderson is taking
anti-inflammatory medication for the arthritis.
He hit .339 in 15 games before going on the DL, with two homers
and five RBI.
"I'm just happy to be healthy and be able to play baseball,"
said Anderson, who underwent a battery of tests before doctors
finally determined that arthritis was causing the pain in his back,
neck and shoulders.
He started Thursday night against the Milwaukee Brewers, after going 4-for-9 with one homer in three rehab appearances with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Anderson said that, after his arthritis was diagnosed and
treated, he was able to come back faster than the doctors
"I don't remember what was said, but I know this is a shorter
time than that," he said. "Doctors always give a conservative
guideline, but I talked to the doctor two nights ago and everything
checked out pretty good, so he didn't have a problem with me
"I'm not a huge fan of medication. I will never feel totally at
ease until they find our why it happened. But that may never happen."
Anderson replaced Raul Mondesi on the Anaheim roster. Mondesi
went on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a tear in his right
quadriceps muscle after only eight games with the injury-riddled Angels.
Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia was pleased to have Anderson back. There is no timetable for Mondesi's return.
"[Anderson] feels great and he's ready to go. He looks great. He's
excited about playing and we're excited about having him back in
there," Scioscia said.
Another Angels mainstay, designated hitter-right fielder Tim Salmon, was activated on Wednesday and went 3-for-3 with a walk in a 12-2 loss to Milwaukee. Salmon missed 35 games with a sore left knee.
First baseman Darin Erstad also appears close to returning to
the lineup. Erstad, out with a strained right hamstring since May 9, is beginning a rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake.