TORONTO -- Efren Navarro did not appear to have much of a future with the
So Navarro volunteered to play winter ball, as an outfielder. He reported to Hermosillo of the
He played left field on Friday -- for the Angels.
He is the sixth player to start in left field for the Angels this season, as many as started there all of last season. In the absence of the injured
Navarro played 11 games in the outfield and 10 at first base at triple-A Salt Lake this season. When he was shifted to right field this week and given extra work there before games, he suspected he might be joining the Angels as an outfielder.
"I want to say I had an idea," he said.
Navarro, 27, a 50th-round pick in 2007, was batting .315 with no home runs at Salt Lake. He flew here Friday, getting up at 4 a.m. in Salt Lake City and catching a connecting flight through Denver, and found himself in the starting lineup because the Angels wanted to load up on left-handed bats.
And how is his play in left field?
"It's an adjustment," he said. "It's something I'm getting more comfortable with as I'm out there."
Angels bench coach Dino Ebel said Navarro's greatest asset in left field could be
"He's got Trout with him out there, so maybe we'll shade Trout," Ebel said. "He can get to the balls in the gap."