The banged-up Anaheim Angels got more bad news on Saturday when their right-fielder landed on the disabled list.
Salmon was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday with left knee irritation, retroactive to Friday. Salmon missed four games after the knee flared up on April 20, and underwent an MRI on Friday.
Salmon’s injury comes at a bad time for the Angels, who are already without several key players. Center fielder Garrett Anderson is on the DL with a stiff upper back, and shortstop David Eckstein, who has not played since Tuesday because of a strained right groin, hopes to return Monday.
Starter Kelvim Escobar was scratched from Saturday’s game because of a split fingernail on the middle finger of his right hand.
“Let’s get it out of our system now,” Eckstein said of the rash of injuries.
Despite the injuries, the Angels beat the Twins 1-0 Saturday. Chone Figgins, filling in for Eckstein at shortstop, delivered the game-winning RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, leading Anaheim to its seventh victory in nine games.
“To come up in the ninth inning and get the big hit, that’s baseball right there,” an excited Figgins said.
Jacque Jones doubled for Minnesota, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. The Twins, who were shut out for the first time this season, had scored 22 runs during their win streak.
They did not get a runner past second base Saturday.
“We really didn’t have too many chances to score,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I don’t think we got a guy to second, did we?”
STANDINGS (through April 30): Angels - 2nd place, 1/2 GB, AL West. Twins - 1st place, AL Central.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: John Lackey (1-3, 6.85 ERA). Lackey allowed just three earned runs and four hits over 6 2-3 innings in Tuesday’s 10-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. The right-hander, who entered the game 0-3 with a shaky 8.04 ERA, shut out the Tigers for the first six innings. He is 2-1 with a 3.67 ERA in four career starts against the Twins.
TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Johan Santana (1-0, 5.40 ERA). Santana allowed four runs—three earned—and eight hits over seven innings in the Twins’ 7-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, but did not receive a decision. The lefty, who is making his sixth start of the season, is 0-1 with a 5.84 ERA in five career appearances, including three starts, against the Angels.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Angels - Vladimir Guerrero, .333 avg. and 17 runs; Troy Glaus, 7 HRs and 20 RBIs; Figgins, 7 SBs. Twins - Lew Ford, .415 avg.; Corey Koskie, 5 HRs; Ford and Jones, 17 RBIs; Jones, 15 runs and 6 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Angels - RHP Troy Percival pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save in seven opportunities Saturday. He has not allowed an earned run against Minnesota in 38 2-3 innings. … 1B Darren Erstad extended his hitting streak to nine games Saturday with a one-out single in the eighth inning. … … The Angels selected the contract of RHP Matt Hensley from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace RF Salmon on the roster. They designated LHP Yoshitaka Mizuo for assignment to make room for Hensley on the 40-man roster. Twins - RHP Rick Helling, recovering from a broken right fibula, will join Double-A New Britain and is scheduled to pitch Monday or Tuesday. … LF Shannon Stewart was held out of Saturday’s game to rest his sore right wrist. … 2B Luis Rivas is in the midst of an 0-for-23 slump.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Angels - 10-5 on the road; Twins - 10-4 at home.
INJURIES: Angels - OF Anderson (back), 15-day DL; RHP Brendan Donnelly (nose), 15-day DL; RHP Greg Jones (shoulder), 15-day DL; SS Eckstein (groin), day-to-day. Twins - C Matthew LeCroy (rib cage), 15-day DL; C Joe Mauer (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Grant Balfour (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Joe Mays (elbow), 60-day DL.