Los Angeles Angels outfielder Collin Cowgill will head to the 15-day disabled list after taking a ball to the face during a failed bunt on Saturday night, reports Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. The injuries, which include a broken nose and broken thumb, will ultimately keep him out for 4-5 weeks.
Cowgill was attempting to bunt in the eighth inning of the Angels’ game against the Texas Rangers on Saturday when the ball deflected off his thumb before hitting his nose. Both ended up broken as a result of the play, and Cowgill was seen bleeding as he walked off the field during the game.
The nose injury will require surgery, and that should ultimately keep Cowgill out until late August. After the injury was determined, Los Angeles promoted Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill Cowgill’s spot on the roster.
Over 200 plate appearances in 2014, Cowgill has recorded a .277/.354/.407 batting line with eight doubles and five homers.
Cowgill was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth round of the 2008 draft. Since making his MLB debut with Arizona in 2011, the 28-year-old has bounced around the league, playing for the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets before settling in with the Angels last season.
Over 216 MLB games, Cowgill has batted .250/.311/.354 with 11 homers and 10 stolen bases. A large part of his value comes from his defensive versatility, as he’s capable of playing all three outfield positions at an adequate level. This season, Cowgill has appeared in 43 games in right, 15 games in left and 11 games in center.