Figgins sidelined with fractured finger

Updated: March 22, 2007, 8:05 PM ET
Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles Angels third baseman Chone Figgins will be sidelined indefinitely after fracturing the middle finger on his throwing hand. He still hopes to be ready by opening day.

Figgins was injured during the Angels' 8-3 victory over Arizona on Wednesday. He will be examined Friday by hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic in Anaheim, Calif. X-rays taken Thursday confirmed the fracture.

"I'll be ready as soon as the swelling goes down," said Figgins, who hit .267 with an AL-leading 62 stolen bases last season. "It's pain, but not a lot of pain."

When asked if he would be ready to play when the Angels begin the season April 2 against Texas, Figgins said: "If it's up to me, yeah."

Figgins was injured in the fifth inning when a grounder hit by Arizona's Conor Jackson bounced off his hand and was ruled an error. Figgins came out of the game after the inning.

"It's part of baseball -- guys are going to get dinged up," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's why we have a depth chart."

Maicer Izturis played third base Thursday, when the Angels' game with the Rangers was canceled after two innings with Los Angeles leading 1-0 on Shea Hillenbrand's first homer of the spring. Robb Quinlan is also expected to play at third if Figgins is sidelined longer than expected.

"Figgy's a tough kid, he'll bounce back," Scioscia said. "Hopefully, it won't be too long. I'm optimistic by the way he felt today that it could be something where he'll be out there pretty quickly."

Also Thursday, Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher said he was very impressed with RHP Jered Weaver's 50-pitch effort in a simulated game. Weaver will open the season on the 15-day disabled list because of biceps tendinitis.

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