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Jeff DaVanon


DaVanon was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, by the Diamondbacks on Friday due to a sprained left ankle. The center fielder suffered the injury sliding into second base in a 9-3 loss to the Houston Astros on Aug. 5. Scott Hairston was recalled from Triple-A Tucson to fill in for the injured DaVanon.


The Angels requested unconditional waivers release Thursday on DaVanon. The centerfielder hit .231 in 108 games for Los Angeles last season. He was designated for assignment on Dec. 7 and his tenure with the Angels is likely finished.


A deep fly off the bat of Atlanta's Rafael Furcal bounced off the right-field wall and struck DaVanon in the face. The Angels' right fielder got a glove on the ball, but not enough leather to keep the drive from fracturing his nose. He isn't expected to go on the disabled list for the injury. DaVanon is batting .222 in 108 at-bats this season.


DaVanon and the Angels' other DH options won't see as many at-bats this week, when the Angels play interleague series in Atlanta and New York. DaVanon has just two hits and no extra-base hits in his last 15 at-bats since May 26, and his only chance to get his bat going again may come as a pinch-hitter.