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09/12/08 8:59 PM ET
Hunter rests his injury another day
Figgins also again out of Angels lineup, but Teixeira returns
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Torii Hunter finished serving his two-game suspension after Thursday's game against the Mariners, but the Angels center fielder was out of the lineup again on Friday because of lingering tightness in his quadriceps muscle. Hunter originally tweaked his left quad on Tuesday against the Yankees and left the game during the fifth inning. He then missed the next two games because he was suspended for his altercation with Yankees catcher Ivan Rodriguez on Monday. Hunter was expected to return to the lineup on Friday but took the day off as a precautionary measure. "I just wanted a day of rest because my quad and everything needed a day off," Hunter said. Hunter is expected to receive treatment while working out during the game against the Mariners. "I think we just want him to get a good workout today because he had some tightness in his quad and hip flexor," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We wanted him to work out and if he comes out, he'll play tomorrow." Hunter, though, made sure to mention that when he danced "The Swim" during the Angels division-clinching celebration on Wednesday it was just part of his treatment and even his manager agreed. "That was therapy," Scioscia said with a laugh. "That was just part of the therapy he started after the game." Hunter wasn't the only regular out of the lineup as third baseman Chone Figgins missed his fourth straight game after getting hit on the elbow by a pitch on Monday. Figgins continued to take batting practice before the game and is available to pinch-run, but throwing the ball is still a problem. "Chone can swing the bat now," Scioscia said. "His elbow is still sore throwing still so we're going to give him a day and hopefully he'll return this weekend." Mark Teixeira, who missed the previous two games because of an infection, returned to the lineup and batted in his customary third spot. Gary Matthews Jr. started in center field in Hunter's absence and Robb Quinlan started at third in place of Figgins.
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.