Grant Green glanced at the lineup card on his way into the
"Another day," Green said, "another position."
A middle infielder by trade, Green has started 15 games this season in left field, a position he never played in the big leagues before but one he has become proficient at.
So third base wasn't about to faze Green, the former USC standout who was drafted by Oakland in 2009 as a shortstop and also played second base and center field in the
"I've been doing early work every day at third, and I'm comfortable there, I feel good," Green, 26, said. "It's more of a reaction position. There's not much thinking."
The keys, Green said, would be communicating with infield coach Alfredo Griffin about positioning and shortstop
"I want to be in the right spots, depending on the hitter, and react to wherever the pitch is thrown," Green said. "It should be good."
It was fine. Green drove in the first run in the Angels' 6-2 victory over the
But it was another in a string of solid performances that has left Green with a .324 average in 26 games and prompted many to clamor for Green to replace struggling third baseman
Since returning May 20 from a three-week stint on the disabled list because of a broken finger, Freese hasn't raised his average above .231. He is batting .226 with a .305 on-base percentage, .282 slugging percentage, two home runs, five doubles, 18 runs batted in, 59 strikeouts and 19 walks in 55 games.
The Angels don't need Freese to reprise his 2011 postseason, when he hit .444 (20 for 45) with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 12 games to win
But the Angels did expect Freese to produce something closer to his 2012 (.293, 30 home runs, 79 RBIs) and 2013 (.262, nine home runs, 60 RBIs) seasons in St. Louis.
"I think he's hit the ball much better than some of his numbers show; he's had a lot of hard-hit outs," Scioscia said. "What David gives you is that great at-bat with guys in scoring position. We're starting to see a little bit more of that."
Those "great" at-bats haven't yielded much. Freese is hitting .170 (nine for 53) with 18 strikeouts and five walks with runners in scoring position.
"I don't think he's hit stride or a found a comfort level of what he did a couple of years ago — that hasn't materialized," Scioscia said. "But he's giving us good at-bats, and if he can get close to where we project him to be, he's going to be a huge boost to our lineup."
Green will continue to scrounge for playing time and try to accept his role as a utility man, which can be difficult for a player his age, one who aspires to be a regular.