Luis Jimenez Up, Chris Nelson to DL, No Trumbo in Lineup

...and POP! - Al Messerschmidt

STOP! ... Hamstring time...

Late in Wednesday's game against the Rays, Angels 3B Chris Nelson pulled a hamstring running to 1B on a groundout. Nice hustle but POP goes the hammy.

3B Luis Jimenez was recalled from AAA Salt Lake City where he was batting .284 with a .747 OPS for a 69-70 club. He would likely have been a September call up, but in being here on Thursday instead of Sunday he gets a major league paycheck instead of a minor league one on the 1st!

Jimenez got three hours of sleep after yesterday's game and his redeye flight to St. Petersburg (really, I read it on twitter - imagine the lengths Scioscia will go to in order to avoid using Andrew Romine). He is in the starting lineup as the Angels play a getaway game in Tampa Bay this morning - first pitch is at 10:10 AM. The only reason I am up to type the lineup is some telemarketer woke me up with a ringing nuisance. Anyway, here is Mike's caffeine lineup:

J.B. Shuck RF

Erick Aybar SS

Mike Trout LF

Josh Hamilton DH

Kole Calhoun 1B

Hank Conger C

Grant Green 2B

Luis Jimenez 3B

Peter Bourjos CF

...and Jason Vargas is on the hill, knowing full well that he is not giving this club a free agency discount.

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