The Angels placed outfielder Collin Cowgill on the 15-day disabled list after a frightening incident Saturday in a game against the Rangers. Cowgill squared up to bunt, but the pitch from Texas’s Matt West ran up and in. The ball wound up ticking off of Cowgill’s right thumb and into his face, leaving the outfielder with a fractured nose and thumb.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Cowgill is expected to miss four to five weeks after undergoing surgery. Here is what Angels Manager Mike Scioscia had to say:
“As bad as it was, thank God he didn’t get hit in the eye or the teeth. It’s obviously a tough break, and it’s a terrible injury, but the reality is, it could have been worse.”
Cowgill showed an impressive amount of toughness on the play by immediately getting up and walking toward the dugout, even while bleeding profusely from his nose. To replace him, the Angels called up utility player Grant Green from Class AAA Salt Lake.