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Erstad Injury More Serious


First baseman-outfielder Darin Erstad will be re-examined Friday after an MRI on his right knee revealed some problems.

Erstad was scratched from the lineup before Wednesday night's game against Cleveland because of the injury, suffered when his cleats got caught in the dirt while he was swinging at a pitch in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's game.

The MRI was performed Thursday by team physician Dr. Craig Milhouse in Anaheim and showed trouble with the lateral collateral ligament.

The Angels, idle Thursday, open a seven-game road trip Friday night in Detroit having lost six straight games and 22 of their last 26.

Erstad, 25, has played in all but two of his team's 113 games and is hitting .246 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs. He hit .296 with 19 homers and 82 RBIs last season.

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