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Izturis takes ground balls, but still unavailable

ANAHEIM -- Maicer Izturis, out since straining his left rib cage on a swing during Saturday's game, took ground balls hit directly at him during batting practice on Wednesday but did not hit and is still unavailable to the Angels.

The veteran reserve infielder, who turned 32 on Wednesday, has posted a .253/.320/.317 slash line in 293 plate appearances this year, on pace to be much lower than the 494 plate appearances he received in 2011.

An MRI on Tuesday revealed no structural damage, and Izturis believes he can be ready to return for the weekend series in Kansas City. Andrew Romine, who also has experience at second base, third base and shortstop, can fill Izturis' role in the meantime.

ANAHEIM -- Maicer Izturis, out since straining his left rib cage on a swing during Saturday's game, took ground balls hit directly at him during batting practice on Wednesday but did not hit and is still unavailable to the Angels.

The veteran reserve infielder, who turned 32 on Wednesday, has posted a .253/.320/.317 slash line in 293 plate appearances this year, on pace to be much lower than the 494 plate appearances he received in 2011.

An MRI on Tuesday revealed no structural damage, and Izturis believes he can be ready to return for the weekend series in Kansas City. Andrew Romine, who also has experience at second base, third base and shortstop, can fill Izturis' role in the meantime.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.