Vladimir Guerrero strained his left knee Tuesday while playing right field for just the second time all season and Torii Hunter has been hindered by sore ribs thanks to various adventures in wall-crashing, and both players will finish the first half on the sidelines after being placed on the disabled list this afternoon.
Guerrero has hit .299/.320/.431 since returning from a pectoral injury in late May, including .351 with two homers and three doubles in his last nine games. Hunter has career-highs in batting average (.305), on-base percentage (.380), and slugging percentage (.558) to emerge as an MVP candidate and make his third All-Star team. In other words, with the AL West up for grabs the Angels can't afford to be without them for long.
Brandon Wood and Bobby Wilson have been called up from Triple-A to replace Guerrero and Hunter on the roster, but Wilson is merely a third catcher and if the past is any indication Wood will spend most of his time on the bench. Gary Matthews Jr. figures to patrol center field in Hunter's absence and Wood will likely battle Howie Kendrick and Mike Napoli for Guerrero's at-bats after hitting .313/.367/.592 with 17 homers and 19 doubles in 70 games at Triple-A.