ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Anaheim Angels shortstop Gary DiSarcina, who had rotator-cuff surgery last year, won't be ready to play until May at the earliest.

Last month, the Angels learned first baseman Mo Vaughn would miss most of this season due to a ruptured tendon in his left arm.

DiSarcina, who has missed most of the last two seasons due to injuries, had surgery on his throwing shoulder last May, a procedure that usually requires a 12-month recovery period. He has been throwing regularly for some time, but needs more rehabilitation before he's ready to play.

DiSarcina, 33, is signed to a $320,000 contract with incentives that can pay another $2.25 million, depending on how much he plays.

Benji Gil, who split time with Kevin Stocker for the Angels last season, and Wilmy Caceres, acquired from the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Seth Etherton during the offseason, are the top candidates to start the season at shortstop.