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NEW YORK (AP) _ The Anaheim Angels placed right fielder Tim Salmon on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a bruised left hand.

Salmon felt soreness Thursday after taking batting practice for the second straight day Wednesday. He has been out of the lineup since being hit by a pitch Aug. 10 in Toronto.

``I couldn't take even the swings I had taken the day before,'' Salmon said. ``It's probably what needs to be done. At least for the next couple of days, it takes the pressure off to push it.''

The move was made retroactive to Aug. 14. After Thursday night's 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees, the Angels called up infielder Chone Figgins from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace Salmon on the roster.

Anaheim, which dropped a game behind Seattle and Oakland in the AL West, is left without a key hitter in the middle of the lineup.

``There's many variables why it's frustrating,'' Salmon said. ``The injury is one thing, but the timing of it also, and I'm also swinging the bat pretty good.''

The Angels put right-hander Aaron Sele on the DL on Wednesday with a partially torn muscle in his pitching shoulder. Manager Mike Scioscia still isn't sure who will start in Sele's place Sunday at Boston.

Salmon is batting .297 with 18 home runs and 76 RBIs this season. He holds the franchise record with 265 career homers.

``He started to show signs of improvement, but with the step back today we thought it was prudent to sit him down,'' Scioscia said.

Salmon, who will turn 34 on Saturday, has struggled with injuries his entire career. This is his fifth stint on the disabled list.