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ANGELS NOTEBOOK: ANDERSON NO LONGER A SPRY GUY.

Byline: Keven Chaves Staff Writer

OAKLAND - Garret Anderson showed the reckless abandon of a spry rookie in Tuesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics.

With the Angels holding a seven-run, seventh-inning lead, the left fielder hustled to make a terrific sliding catch near the line. Then in the eighth inning, he made an acrobatic maneuver to avoid third baseman Chone Figgins while catching another shallow fly ball in left.

Wednesday reminded Anderson that he is not a spry rookie, but rather a 33-year-old veteran with more than 10 major-league seasons under his belt. Anderson was out of the Angels lineup with a sore left knee.

Anderson and Angels manager Mike Scioscia suggested the injury was not serious, and hinted the outfielder could return to the lineup as early as this afternoon's series finale in Oakland.

``We'll see how it is (today), but I'm just dealing with it,'' Anderson said. ``Some days are better than others, there's no rhyme or reason for it.''

Anderson has missed time over the past two years with hamstring and back injuries. He's also been criticized by the media for a perceived lack of hustle, a suggestion that Scioscia vehemently denied.

``He has a passion for the game,'' Scioscia said. ``It doesn't manifest itself like with (Darin Erstad) or (David Eckstein) when he was here, but he gives us what he has.

``I don't see it. I see a guy who goes out there and gives us what he's got.''

Scioscia said he'll manage Anderson's starts to keep the veteran as fresh as possible for the season's final two months.

--Washburn ready: Jarrod Washburn will return from the 15-day DL and into the starting rotation for Friday night's series opener in Seattle, according to Scioscia.

``Everything's good,'' Scioscia said of the left-handed pitcher, who was placed on the DL retroactive to July 25 with inflammation in his left elbow.

Keven Chavez, (626) 962-8811

keven.chavez(at)sgvn.com
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Aug 11, 2005
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