Kendrick placed on DL with left hand injury

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Already struggling to manufacture runs and find a way out of last place in the AL West, the Los Angeles Angels have lost one of their more productive hitters indefinitely.

Second baseman Howie Kendrick, whose .327 batting average was second to Vladimir Guerrero's, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after being diagnosed with a broken bone in his left hand. The club has not given a timetable for Kendrick's return.

Kendrick, who this season became the Angels' full-time second baseman, on Wednesday underwent an MRI test and CT scan, which the Los Angeles Times said revealed a non-displaced fracture at the base of his middle finger. He was hit on the top of his left hand by a pitch from Oakland's Chad Gaudin on Tuesday night.

The Angels are expected to replace Kendrick on their 25-man roster before Friday night's game against Seattle.

Guerrero, meanwhile, has been diagnosed with a contusion on his right wrist; he was hit there by a pitch from Josh Beckett in the first inning of Monday's game in Boston. Guerrero has missed two games but might return to the lineup Friday against Seattle.

The Angels, picked by many as the favorite to win their division, have started 6-9 and are starved for offense, scoring just 44 runs in their 15 games and hitting .247 as a team.

Guerrero leads the Angels with a .364 batting average, three homers and 12 RBIs in 13 games. Kendrick has two homers and four RBIs.

Third baseman Chone Figgins, who suffered broken bones in two fingers on his right hand late in spring training, has been targeted for an early-May return.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.