Though both teams have a good shot of getting to the postseason, the Angels’ chances took a hit on Monday.
When the Angels open a three-game series with the visiting Yankees, they will play without third baseman Troy Glaus for the first of what will be many games.
Glaus, the 2002 World Series MVP and this year’s AL home run leader, will have surgery on his right shoulder Friday and may be out for the rest of the season.
Glaus was taken out of the lineup in New York last Wednesday. The third baseman had been the Angels’ designated hitter recently because of the sore shoulder. Despite playing in pain, Glaus had hit 11 home runs in only 108 at-bats this season.
The surgery will be performed by Angels team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum to repair fraying of the labrum and rotator cuff, and Glaus will be placed on the 60-day disabled list, the team said Monday.
“I don’t think there’s any time frame on this,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “It’s going to hinge on what Dr. Yocum finds when he goes in there.”
Despite the injuries, the Angels have the best record in baseball and a 2 1/2 -game lead over Texas in the AL West.
The Angels and Yankees have already played one competitive series. New York snapped Anaheim’s nine-game winning streak last Tuesday and went on to take two of three at Yankee Stadium.
Subplots abounded during the series. In the third game, New York catcher Jorge Posada suffered a broken nose on a low throw by Angels rookie shortstop Alfredo Amezaga that several Yankees felt was unnecessary. In the second contest, New York reliever Paul Quantrill and Anaheim outfielder Jose Guillen exchanged words and glares after Quantrill threw inside to Guillen.
Finally recovered from the broken nose that required surgery, Posada is expected to make his return to the lineup and start Tuesday as the Yankees open a season-high 12-game road trip that includes visits to Texas, Baltimore and Tampa Bay.
New York continued its winning ways Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Seattle at Yankee Stadium. Kevin Brown pitched 7 2-3 innings and backups John Flaherty and Tony Clark drove in runs as the Yankees won for the 14th time in 18 games.
Brown improved to 5-0 and helped move New York a half-game ahead of Boston for first place in the AL East.
“Your No. 25 guy is just as important,” said Clark, who has 30 at-bats this season. “It means simply that I need to work harder than I did when I played every day—got to get to the ballpark earlier, got to put that time in the weight room, got to do the extra running, got to do the extra swinging so if I get that one at-bat late in the ballgame or I come in defensively late in the ballgame, I am as sharp as I can possibly be.”
Clark was playing in place of Jason Giambi, who sat out Friday and Sunday against the Mariners with hip and back injuries. He’s listed as day-to-day.
The Angels bounced back from the Yankees series to take two of three in Baltimore, although they dropped Sunday night’s finale 4-0. Sidney Ponson pitched a five-hitter for his third career shutout, retiring 19 of the final 21 Angels. Anaheim is among the major league leaders with a .283 average.