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Angels place David Fletcher on injured list with a left ankle sprain

Taylor Ward recalled from alternate site in Long Beach.

Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

Angels infielder and leadoff man David Fletcher will miss at least another week with a sprained left ankle. He was placed on the 10-day injured list before Thursday’s game against the Padres.

Fletcher injured the ankle trying to beat out an infield single on Sunday against the Mariners, and left that game in the third inning.

Fletcher, who played every inning this season before the injury, was held out of the starting lineup Monday and Wednesday, and wasn’t in Thursday’s lineup either as he continued to receive treatment. Angels manager Joe Maddon said on a conference call before Thursday’s game, and before the injured list move, that Fletcher was still sore.

“Whatever it takes to get him right, I’m into it. This guy is a baseball player. It’s really refreshing to see his game,” Maddon said. “I’m looking forward to having him back, I just can’t tell you exactly when.”

Fletcher this season has played shortstop, second base, and third base, and is hitting .313/.377/.438 in 35 games. The move was retroactive to Monday, so the earliest date he’s eligible to return is next Thursday, September 10.

The Angels called up outfielder Taylor Ward to take Fletcher’s place on the roster. Ward is 5-for-34 (.147) with a triple in 14 games this season, and has started five games in right field and three times in left.