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09/19/08 9:05 PM ET
Figgins receives positive news
Kendrick likely to return during Angels' next series
By Shawn Shroyer / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The results from Chone Figgins' MRI and CT scan revealed a deep contusion of the triceps tendon in his right elbow. If you're not quite sure what that means, don't feel bad. "I don't either," Figgins said. The results of the tests, which Figgins underwent on Thursday, were diagnosed by Dr. Lewis Yocum. From what Yocum had to say, Figgins took the news as positive. "There's nothing really damaged," Figgins said. "It just hit me in a bad spot. There's still blood built up in the area. When I extend to throw, I feel it in my elbow." Angels manager Mike Scioscia also did his best to simplify Yocum's findings, adding that he saw Figgins' status as day-to-day. "It's just a bruised triceps," Scioscia said. "He's feeling better. It's a relief for us. When he's ready, we'll put him back at third base." The last bit Scioscia had to say was particularly interesting, because there had been speculation that Figgins might shift over to play second base because regular second baseman Howie Kendrick still is on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Figgins said his elbow injury almost exclusively has affected his throwing. While making throws from second would be easier, even Figgins fully expects to be at third base when he returns to the field. "I'm looking to return at third base," Figgins said. "That's what I'm focused on." If the lineup allows for it, Figgins might be able to get some at-bats in the designated hitter spot. By next weekend, second base may no longer be vacated by Kendrick, anyway. Kendrick ran from first base to third base four times on Friday afternoon, and Scioscia was encouraged that Kendrick "opened up a little more" while he was sprinting. "Howie ran today, and I think he's up to 100 percent," Scioscia said. "He's moving in the right direction. We need to get him into games by the middle of next week." Kendrick has been taking batting practice since the Angels were in Chicago earlier this month, and he took some ground balls in Oakland at the beginning of the team's road trip. If all goes well, he expects to be activated during the Angels' series against the Mariners to wrap up the road trip. With the playoffs just around the corner, Kendrick said it was paramount that he got some at-bats before the regular season came to a close. "Timing's timing, whether it's Major League pitching or Minor League pitching," Kendrick said. "You could probably get that from a high-school guy."
Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.