Angels invite Salmon to spring training

Updated: January 6, 2006, 5:50 PM ET
Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Tim Salmon, the Angels' career leader in home runs, is among 21 non-roster invitees to spring training.

The 37-year-old Salmon, who has spent his entire career with the team, missed last season after undergoing knee and shoulder surgeries.

The outfielder-designated hitter leads the club with 290 career homers, and is also tops in runs scored (956), walks (941), and slugging percentage (.500).

Salmon signed a one-year minor league contract that will pay him $400,000 if he makes the major league roster. If he doesn't do so by March 22, he will be released.

Right-handed pitcher Jered Weaver, a highly regarded prospect, is among 12 pitchers invited to Arizona.

Other pitchers are: RH Nicholas Adenhart, RH David Austen, LH Tim Bittner, LH Nathan Bland, LH Dan Davidson, RH Matt Hensley, RH Tommy Mendoza, RH Dustin Moseley, LH Jon Rouwenhorst, RH Alex Serrano, and RH Bob Zimmermann.

The Angels invited catchers Ryan Budde, Michael Collins, Brent Del Chiaro, Brett Martinez and Bobby Wilson; infielders Brian Specht and Brandon Wood; and outfielder Curtis Pride.

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 15. Position players are due Feb. 20.


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