Guerrero Activated off DL

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels activated slugger Vladimir Guerrero from the disabled list on Monday and optioned outfielder Reggie Willits to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Guerrero, who possesses one of the strongest throwing arms in the game, has yet to play right field this season because of a torn pectoral muscle on the right side of his chest. He first felt discomfort after making a throw during an exhibition game April 2 at Dodger Stadium.

The 2004 AL MVP and eight-time All-Star served as a designated hitter in eight games before he was sidelined, going 8 for 32 with a homer and three RBIs. He hadn't played since April 15, and the Angels were 20-15 in his absence. The team has won 21 of the last 25 games in which he has homered.

Guerrero also underwent offseason knee surgery. It was his sixth DL stint since coming up to the big leagues with the Montreal Expos in 1996.

This was Willits' second stint with the club this season. He was recalled on April 14 after the death of rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart in a car crash, then was recalled again on May 5 when third baseman Brandon Wood was optioned to Triple-A. Willits played in nine games, going 2 for 9 with one RBI.


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