08/26/2002 6:30 pm ET
MLBeat: Salmon's hand healing
Right fielder could be back in a week
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
BOSTON -- Tim Salmon said he woke up Monday morning and his left hand felt much better, which means he could be back in the lineup within a week if everything goes well.
Salmon suffered a deep bone bruise on the back of his left hand when hit by a 92-mph Steve Parris fastball on Aug. 10 in Toronto.
Salmon attempted to take batting practice twice last week in Yankee Stadium, but after two days of swings, the hand regressed.
Salmon had a cortisone shot last Thursday and was put on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 14, when he pinch-ran in a game against Detroit in Anaheim. That means he is eligible to return on the 29th.
"After the shot they said three to five days," Salmon said Monday. "So I haven't been doing anything with the hand, and this is the third day. That's the only thing I know, besides the fact that it is feeling better."
Salmon said the best-case scenario would have him swinging a bat Wednesday in Anaheim, taking "soft toss, just to get it going," followed by a day or two of regular batting practice and then getting into a game. Salmon added that he would have to discuss the matter further with head trainer Ned Bergert before he knows exactly where he stands.
Meanwhile, Salmon expressed some concern that his timing might not be where he needs it to be when he gets back.
"I don't know how much I've lost until I let it fly," he said. "But I'd like to think that somewhere in that homestand (Tuesday-Sunday), I could be in there."
Figgins' family values: Chone Figgins, the recent callup who scored the game-winning run in Sunday's 8-3 win as a pinch-runner in his first Major League appearance, told reporters Monday that he savored every moment of his 270-foot jaunt from first to home.
"I was pretty much focused on the task at hand -- to do something good for the team," Figgins said. "I had to touch home plate twice just to get the feel of touching home plate at Fenway Park. I had a lot on my mind the whole time. Just trying to soak it all in."
Figgins said his mother and his brother flew in from Tampa in time for Saturday's game after learning of his promotion from Triple-A. Figgins replaced Salmon on the roster.
"My mom couldn't stop crying," Figgins said. "She was so excited."
Fantasy Edge: Orlando Palmeiro has hit safely in seven of his past 10 games (.360, 9-for-25) with four RBIs. He is batting .291 with two strikes, the third-best mark in the American League.
Doug Miller covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.