The Los Angeles Angels place Mike Napoli on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 28 July 2007 at 4:44 pm

The Angels have placed starting catcher Mike Napoli on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury. This will hurt the Angels as Napoli has given them a nice power bat behind the plate. Napoli has played in 62 games this season for the Angels and he was 49 for 194 (.253 avg, .805 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 9 homers and 31 RBIs. Jeff Mathis will likely take over as the starter until Napoli returns to action. But Mathis will need to start hitting to keep the job. He has played in 10 games this season for the Angels and he is 2 for 21 (.095 avg, .238 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. The Angels have recalled 27 year old Ryan Budde from the minors to back up Mathis. The Phillies selected Budde in the Rule 5 Draft but they gave him back to the Angels as they didn’t have room for him on their roster. Budde has played in 50 games this season in AA+AAA ball and he is 48 for 166 (.289 avg, .798 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 4 homers and 28 RBIs.

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