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Angels Place Peter Bourjos on DL; Recall Garrett Richards

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Jul 6, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos (25) before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Jul 6, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos (25) before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Angels have placed outfielder Peter Bourjos on the fifteen-day disabled list with a wrist injury, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports:

In a corresponding roster move, the Angels have recalled right-hander Garrett Richards from Triple-A.

Even without the injury, Bourjos has been used sparingly by the Angels of late due to the presence of outfielders Mark Trumbo, Mike Trout and Torii Hunter. Prior to his injury, he had only registered five at-bats this month.

On the season, Bourjos has hit .227/.287/.325 with seven doubles and two home runs. The 25-year-old was far more productive last season, but given the Angels depth in the outfield his future with the club remains uncertain.

Given Bourjos’ age and solid 2011 campaign as LA’s center fielder, there has been speculation that the club could look to deal him to help fill other areas of need.

Richards has made nine of ten appearances this season with the Angels as a starter, but the 24-year-old will be used out of the bullpen for the time being. He’s posted an ERA of 4.33 with 5.7 SO/9 and 4.5 BB/9 over fifty-four innings pitched this year.

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Should the Angels trade Bourjos this off-season?

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