Pettit opts for surgery

If he had been perfectly healthy, Chris Pettit's quest to win the Angels' fifth outfielder spot would have been a long shot. Reggie Willits had the inside edge because of his experience.

But Pettit tore the labrum in his right shoulder while diving over the catcher in a winter league game in the Dominican Republic in November. And now he has opted for surgery, meaning he'll miss the upcoming season. He is expected to be sidelined six to nine months.

The arthroscopic procedure is scheduled for March 16 with team orthopedist Lewis Yocum.

Pettit, 25, batted .321 with 70 runs scored and 18 stolen bases at Triple-A Salt Lake, then kept up the pace after a September call-up with the Angels, going 16-for-48. He is a native of Pasadena.