Depth became a pressing issue two months after the December trade when outfielder
So Joyce appears to figure prominently in the outfield.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity that's right there on the table and that's presenting itself," Joyce said. "I feel that I'm ready to have those at-bats."
Joyce, 30, batted .254 with a .349 on-base percentage, nine home runs and 52 runs batted in last season for the
Joyce said he was comfortable playing either corner outfield spot and also as a designated hitter. He said he also has worked at first base this spring.
"I'm ready for whatever they throw at me," he said.
Angels General Manager
On Friday, Manager
"As far as the outfield, he looks really good and that helps us a lot," Scioscia said. "Because the more he can play the outfield, the more our offense gets deeper."
Joyce broke into the major leagues in 2008 with the
Joyce said he was still acclimating to
"It's been a smooth ride," he said. "Smooth sailing."
Scioscia said third baseman