Joyner Back To Angels

Posted: January 26, 2001

Wally World is returning to the Angels.

Wally Joyner, who played his first six major league seasons in Anaheim before going to Kansas City, San Diego and Atlanta, signed a minor league contract with the Angels yesterday and will attend spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Joyner, 38, is a potential replacement at first base for Mo Vaughn, who will be sidelined for at least six months after undergoing surgery Feb. 6 to repair a ruptured biceps tendon in his left arm.

In other news:

CUBS: Matthews demoted

Outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. was sent from the Chicago Cubs outright to Triple A Iowa.

Matthews, 26, the son of former Phillies outfielder Gary Matthews, was designated for assignment after the Cubs signed free agent Ron Coomer. Matthews will be invited to spring training as a non-roster player.

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