Lexington native Cowgill on DL with broken nose, thumb

July 13, 2014 

Angels Rangers Baseball

Blood poured from Collin Cowgill's nose after a bunt attempt went awry Saturday night. A fastball from Rangers reliever Matt West ricocheted off Cowgill's thumb and hit him in the face. Both injuries will require surgery.


ARLINGTON, Texas — The Los Angeles Angels placed outfielder Collin Cowgill on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with fractures to his nose and right thumb, and recalled infielder Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Cowgill, a former Henry Clay and University of Kentucky standout, was injured Saturday night when he missed a bunt. The pitch from Texas Rangers right-hander Matt West glanced off Cowgill's thumb and hit him in the nose.

Cowgill got stitches in his nose, and both injuries will require surgery.

This will be Green's third stint with the Angels this season. He had been optioned to Salt Lake on Tuesday with a .324 batting average, one home run and eight RBI in 74 at-bats for Los Angeles.

In 41 games for Salt Lake, he has batted .321 with four homers and 38 RBI.

Cowgill, a valuable role player for the Angels this season, has a .277 average with five homers and 16 RBI in 69 games. The Angels trail the first-place Athletics by 11/2 games entering the All-Star break.

Cowgill had singled, walked and been hit by a pitch in his first three at-bats before the incident Saturday night.

"Obviously, it was an unfortunate turn of events," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday night. "We'll have to wait and see how he is."

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