ANAHEIM -- The Los Angeles Angels are running out of infielders. The club placed Maicer Izturis on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left forearm Wednesday, two days after shortstop Erick Aybar hyperextended his left knee.
Just over two weeks ago, the Angels lost first baseman Kendry Morales for the rest of the season with a broken ankle.
The loss of Aybar and Izturis forced an odd lineup against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, with third baseman Brandon Wood moving to shortstop and catcher Mike Napoli batting second and playing first base. Aybar and Izturis are the Angels' two most viable candidates to bat leadoff. Howie Kendrick made his major-league debut in the leadoff spot Wednesday.
The Angels continue to hold out hope that Aybar's injury won't force him to the DL, but they're far from certain of it. Aybar was diagnosed with a damaged meniscus after he was taken out by Casey McGehee's hard slide Monday night. The Angels don't yet know the extent of the damage.
"If we did it now and he's feeling good in two days, working out, you're burning a lot of days," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
The Angels are thin in middle infielders in the minor leagues. Gary Patchett, 32, is their Triple-A shortstop and another shortstop, Hainley Statia, is on the minor-league DL. The team could be forced to pick up a middle infielder from outside the organization. The Pittsburgh Pirates designated Akinori Iwamura for assignment Wednesday and might be willing to eat most of the $2.5 million they owe him.
The Angels recalled right-handed pitcher Sean O'Sullivan from Triple-A. Earlier, before the Izturis move, utilityman Robb Quinlan had been optioned to Triple-A though he never left the team and remained in Anaheim.
Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com.