MINNEAPOLIS -- Jordan Walden was beaming as he took a seat in the visitors' clubhouse at Target Field several hours before the Angels would wrap up their weekend series with the Twins.
"I'm real excited," Walden said before the Angels lost, 4-0, on Sunday. "You dream about this, being in the big leagues. I know some of the guys from being in big league camp two years in a row. [Michael] Kohn is one of my friends. We started in Double-A [Arkansas] this year. It's been a pretty amazing year after what I went through last year."
Walden faced two potential Hall of Famers in his Major League debut in the eighth inning.
"I was so nervous," Walden said. "I was pitching on adrenaline."
He walked Mauer, hitting 99 mph four times on the radar gun, and struck out Cuddyer and Jim Thome on three pitches each. Walden left runners at the corners by retiring Delmon Young on a groundout.
"It dawned on me when I saw Joe Mauer," Walden said. "I had to tell myself to take some deep breaths. I finally settled down."
Every fastball he threw hit 98 or 99, not that he knew.
"I was just letting it go," Walden said. "It felt real good to get a clean [scoreless] inning in."
The man who counts most was duly impressed.
"I thought he handled himself very well," Angels manager Scioscia said. "He definitely made pitches. First and third, he struck out Cuddyer and Thome on six pitches. We're excited, where he can help us now. Any time you get a chance to develop a power arm, that's very important."
Walden, 22, was summoned from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday when Maicer Izturis (inflammation in the right shoulder region) was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season.
Walden is 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and throws premium heat, the kind Scioscia favors. The Forth Worth, Texas, native goes right into the bullpen mix with Kohn and Co.
"It makes sense," Scioscia said of calling up Walden. "He's a guy who's definitely going to be in our plans."
Walden spent a week and a half at Salt Lake, where he made six appearances with a 4.05 ERA, giving up eight hits and two walks while striking out three hitters in 6 2/3 innings.
The Angels' 12th-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Grayson (Texas) Community College, Walden was 1-1 with a 3.35 ERA in 38 games at Arkansas, throwing 43 1/3 innings with 38 strikeouts.
"I throw a four-seamer," Walden said. "Sometimes it sinks, sometimes it doesn't."
It didn't do much of anything in 2009 when he was limited to 13 games in 2009 at Arkansas as he dealt with forearm and elbow ailments.
"I'm healthy, that's the main thing," Walden said. "Last year wasn't good in any way. This has been a much better season."
Angels place Izturis on disabled list
MINNEAPOLIS -- Maicer Izturis' season of stops and starts -- mostly stops -- has him back on the shelf, moving to the 15-day disabled list for the third time this year. The injury involves his right shoulder for the second time, but it's in a different area, inflammation and soreness in the lower region of the shoulder.
He felt pain diving for a ball in Boston on Thursday night and aggravated it taking batting practice swings on Friday at Target Field. Initially optimistic that he'd miss only one game, Izturis felt growing discomfort in the area, and the club decided to shut him down again.
"Every time I start to feel good, something bad happens," Izturis said. "It hasn't been a very good season for me. Nothing like last year. I've had some bad luck."
Izturis, a quiet storm with the 2009 Angels when he batted .300 in 114 games and drove in 65 runs, has been limited to 56 games. He's batting .245 -- down from his .278 lifetime average coming into the season -- with three homers and 25 RBIs.
"Izzy's a valuable guy for us," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We'll have to absorb it for a while. He was optimistic, and we were, too. It's a little more than we expected. We'll give him time and see where he is."
Brandon Wood becomes the primary option now on the left side of the infield and also at first base. Mike Napoli figures to settle in at first on a regular basis, with Howard Kendrick, Erick Aybar and Alberto Callaspo rounding out the infield.
Infielder Kendrick on fire in August
MINNEAPOLIS -- Banging around Twins pitching is nothing new for Angels second baseman Howard Kendrick. Entering Sunday's finale, his .404 career average against Minnesota in 94 at-bats was his highest against any club.
But what Kendrick did in the first two games of this weekend series is eye-popping. He was 6-for-9 and very easily could have been 9-for-9, having been robbed of hits by shortstop J.J. Hardy and twice by center fielder Denard Span.
"I'm seeing the ball well and having some good swings," said Kendrick, who went 0-for-4 in the Angels' 4-0 loss to the Twins on Sunday. "I just want to keep it going."
Manager Mike Scioscia has seen Kendrick rediscover his stroke after a dry spell. He's hitting .318 with a .439 slugging percentage in 18 games in August.
"Howie went through a little soft spot for a while," Scioscia said, "but he looks real comfortable in the box now. With [Maicer Izturis] down, it's important for us to get production from him."
Kendrick, who has been shuttling between first and second, will return full-time to second base now with Izturis on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation and soreness in his right shoulder region.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia has been pleased with Hideki Matsui's ability to get around the bases on his troublesome knees. Matsui had jokingly said he was faster than Rickey Henderson after twice going first-to-third Saturday on hits by Erick Aybar. "He was moving great," Scioscia said. "It's important for us to put some guys in motion, and Hideki has shown he can do that." Matsui also reached third on a towering drive to deep center on which Denard Span was charged with a three-base error. ... Peter Bourjos, fortunate to have his first home run ball when it fell onto the field in left after he smacked it into the seats on Saturday at Target Field, said the memento was targeted for his father. Chris Bourjos, a longtime Major League scout now working for the Orioles, homered for his first big league hit in 1980 at San Francisco's Candlestick Park against Dick Ruthen. The victim of Peter's first blast was Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey. ... While Bourjos was explaining to reporters after the game why his assist on a double play fly ball to center actually felt better than the homer "because of its importance in the game," Jered Weaver -- the Angels' starter in Sunday night's series finale -- banged his head against a wood overhang in his locker and went down in a heap. Weaver said he was OK, if a little dazed. The same thing had happened earlier, before Saturday's game, to Torii Hunter. ... Minor League spotlight: Trevor Reckling, the Angels' prize southpaw starter, pitched his first professional complete game on Saturday for Double-A Arkansas in an 8-3 win over Corpus Christi. Reckling, who struggled with his command at Triple-A Salt Lake, allowed two earned runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out five. He threw 112 pitches, 70 for strikes -- the kind of ratio the Angels have been seeking from the talented New Jersey product. Alexi Amarista (four hits, .303) and Jeremy Moore (.307) combined for seven of Arkansas' 15 hits. Moore leads the team with 22 steals and 56 RBIs and is second with 12 homers.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.