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Kinsler placed on DL, Fontana recalled

Veteran appeared to aggravate adductor strain on slide Friday night
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OAKLAND -- The Angels placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 10-day disabled list with a left adductor strain and recalled infielder Nolan Fontana from Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday.

Kinsler had been dealing with the injury since Sunday and missed Thursday's opener, but he felt well enough to make his Angels debut on Friday night. The 35-year-old veteran appeared to aggravate the injury while sliding into second base to break up a double play in the ninth, as he did not return for the final half-inning of the game.

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OAKLAND -- The Angels placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 10-day disabled list with a left adductor strain and recalled infielder Nolan Fontana from Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday.

Kinsler had been dealing with the injury since Sunday and missed Thursday's opener, but he felt well enough to make his Angels debut on Friday night. The 35-year-old veteran appeared to aggravate the injury while sliding into second base to break up a double play in the ninth, as he did not return for the final half-inning of the game.

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"Ian is a little bit stiff this morning," manager Mike Scioscia said on Saturday. "We're going to take every precaution and put him on the DL, so he can make sure we give him the 10 days and he'll be ready to go. We tried to give it a little bit of rest and it felt great going into yesterday's game, but the fact that it got a little fatigued later in the game and would put him at risk, so we want to make sure it's behind him."

Kinsler said he thinks he'll be ready to go after the minimum 10 days.

"I think two more days would probably be right, but you just don't know," Kinsler said. "I'll take the full 10 and not jeopardize the team and keep them shorthanded for six days. It's not right. I don't want to be dealing with this for the rest of the summer. Ten days should be able to just get it completely out to where I don't have to think about it anymore and play the game that I want to play."

The Angels will have to reconfigure their infield in Kinsler's stead, with Zack Cozart likely shifting to second base and Luis Valbuena or Jefry Marte handling duties at third base. Fontana, who went 1-for-20 in 12 games with the Angels last year, is also an option at second. Cozart got the start at second in Saturday's 8-3 win over the A's at the Coliseum, finishing 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs as the leadoff hitter.

"We've had Coz over there a little bit, and he seems to be comfortable," general manager Billy Eppler said. "However Sosh draws it up as far as the opponents are concerned, the handedness of the opponents, the opposing pitchers, we'll be flexible."

Worth noting
Andrew Heaney (left elbow inflammation) will head to Arizona to pitch in an intrasquad game on Sunday. Scioscia said Heaney is scheduled to throw between 70-75 pitches.

• The Angels are bringing outfielder Ben Revere back on a Minor League deal. Revere, 29, batted .275 with a .652 OPS in 109 games with the club last season and was released by the Reds at the end of Spring Training. Eppler said Revere will report to Triple-A Salt Lake and primarily play left and center field.

"It's a move for us to kind of solidify some depth and see what time brings," Eppler said.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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