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Anderson was scratched from the Angels lineup on Saturday with back spasms. He is listed as day-to-day, but is expected to return on Sunday. Curtis Pride filled in for him in left field.
Anderson had two hits on Saturday night against the Dodgers to reach 2,000 for his career. The Angels left fielder had been mired in an 8-for-56 slump before hitting a two-run double and a single in the Angels' 9-2 victory. He is hitting .263 with seven homers and 46 RBIs this season.
Anderson, who has been out more than two weeks with a strained left arch, may return to the Angels' lineup Thursday as the team's designated hitter. The veteran outfielder will see some action in the DH slot before returning to the outfield.
Anderson's ailing back and left knee have shown improvement over the past couple of days, and the Angels are optimistic that he will be able to return to the lineup during the team's upcoming three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles, which begins on Tuesday. The veteran outfielder has been sidelined with the injuries for more than a week.
Anderson missed his fifth straight game Thursday, and there is no indication that he will be returning to the lineup in the immediate future.Tests have revealed tendinitis in his left knee and irritation in the sacroiliac joint.
Anderson, who's been slowed by a sore back and patellar tendinitis in his left knee in recent days, was held out of the Angels' lineup on Monday. It's possible that the veteran outfielder will be ready to play on Tuesday, but that's not certain.
Anderson aggravated the tendinitis in his right knee while making a sliding catch Tuesday in the Angels' win over the Oakland Athletics. The Angels' left fielder didn't start on Wednesday or Thursday against the A's to rest the knee. Manager Mike Scioscia thought Anderson might be back for Thursday's afternoon contest, but he decided to give his left fielder another day of rest.
Anderson stroked an 11th-inning grand slam Tuesday night to propel the Angels to a 5-1 win over Texas. The key hit, a hard liner that barely cleared the right-field wall, was the second time in three days that Anderson has produced the game-winner. An eighth-inning, two-run double by the veteran outfielder on Sunday gave the Angels a 5-3 victory over the Dodgers.
With a two-run double in the eighth inning Sunday, breaking a 3-3 tie and propelling the Angels to a 5-3 victory over the Dodgers, Anderson collected the 1,000th RBI of his major league career. The veteran outfielder, who turns 33 on Thursday, gave the Angels a sweep of their three-game interleague series with the Dodgers and extended their winning streak to a season-high six games.
Anderson became the Angels' career leader in RBI on Saturday. His four runs batted in against the Red Sox give the veteran outfielder 991 for his career, besting the previous mark of 989, set by Tim Salmon.
After missing three straight games with tightness in his right hamstring, Anderson was back in the Angels' lineup in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Angels' left fielder was 1-for-4 in his return, and he's batting .301 with four home runs and 32 RBI in 40 games this season.
After sitting out Friday's game with tightness in his right hamstring, Anderson will sit out Saturday's game with the same ailment. Although Anderson will be available to pinch hit, don't expect big numbers today. Assume the left fielder will be day-to-day, as he should be back in the lineup on Sunday.