The other shoe finally dropped Saturday and fell right on the head of Grant Green, the hot-hitting utility player who was sent to triple A so the
The move fortified young slugger C.J. Cron as the team's primary designated hitter and backup first baseman and gave veteran DH
Green hit .359 in 22 games, and he is far more versatile than Cron, with an ability to play four infield positions and left field. He made 15 outfield starts in May, developing into an adequate defender.
But Cron's power, clutch hitting and ability to spell first baseman
A two-out, two-run double in the fourth inning of the Angels' 8-4 victory over the White Sox improved Cron's average with runners in scoring position to .444 (12 for 27) and his average with runners in scoring position and two outs to .533 (eight for 15).
"Another tough conversation," Manager
The right-handed-hitting Cron began Saturday with a higher average against right-handers (.313) than left-handers (.282), so there is not as much motivation for Scioscia to platoon him with the left-handed-hitting Ibanez.
"There will be plenty of right-handers Raul will match up with, and C.J. is a great option against left-handers," Scioscia said. "But when a guy is performing well, he will get more looks."
Green performed extremely well during his five-week big league stint, but his next looks will come for Salt Lake.
"I talked to him before he left, and he was obviously kind of upset," Cron said of Green. "I told him I'm sorry to see him go. He did everything he can to stay, but you can't play with 26 guys. Unfortunately, that's how it works sometimes."
On the plus side for Green, he did not have to stick around to face White Sox ace
The 6-foot-6, 180-pound left-hander, who delivers a 95-mph fastball, slider and changeup from a three-quarters-arm slot, was 3-0 with an 0.38 ERA in six appearances against the Angels and did not give up a run in 162/3 innings of two victories over them in 2013.