C.J. Cron has been mothballed for the last week and a half, starting only two of the
“If you’re getting at-bats at the major league level, you don’t have to get them for seven [straight] days,” Manager
The right-handed-hitting Cron tore up the Cactus League in 26 exhibition games, hitting .413 with a 1.165 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, three homers and 16 runs batted in, making consistent contact, showing excellent plate coverage and driving the ball to all fields.
With left fielder
It's not for lack of opportunity. Cron has started 25 of 42 games on the season and is batting .200 with one homer, six RBIs, 22 strikeouts and two walks in 95 at-bats. He's hitting .294 (10 for 34) against left-handers but has looked overmatched against right-handers, hitting .148 (nine for 61).
Cron’s role has been reduced because the Angels are in a stretch during which they are facing eight straight right-handed pitchers, and Scioscia has started the left-handed-hitting
The slick-fielding and left-handed-hitting first baseman Efren Navarro, who is at triple-A Salt Lake and hit .245 in 159 big-league at-bats last season, would be a natural replacement for Cron. Or, with Krauss able to play first base, the outfield and DH, the Angels could recall another position player.