ANAHEIM -- Looking for more production from third base, the Angels optioned Brandon Wood back to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday and recalled infielder Matt Brown, who was immediately inserted into the starting lineup.

Wood had been hitting only .154 in 11 games this season and had struck out 11 times in 26 at-bats. Brown, who was recalled for the second consecutive homestand, collected his first Major League hit in his final at-bat of his last stay.

The Angels believe that Chone Figgins will return from the 15-day disabled list next week, as planned. With the Angels mired in a season-high four-game losing streak and batting .223 as a team this month, manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels were willing to try Brown, who can also play second, at third. The club also wanted to let Wood regain his confidence.

"We have a little window until [Figgins] comes back, Brandon needs to play and work on some things and get his play to the level it can be," Scioscia said. "If he's not playing up here in the big leagues, then it's really not going to happen for him. He needs to play."

Brown has been playing well at Salt Lake, especially offensively. He was hitting .365 with 13 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 28 RBIs. His two-run double against Oakland on May 1 was his first Major League hit.

"We've been struggling offensively," Scioscia said. "There are some good young players trying to get the feel for playing in the big leagues."