TEMPE, Ariz. —
"We'll work around the middle of our order until it gets settled," Angels Manager
Hamilton, the Angels' $125-million cleanup hitter, batted .201 with a .596 OPS against left-handers last season, and .272 with an .802 OPS against right-handers.
Scioscia said he could "mix and match" Hamilton, Freese,
"When Josh is right, there's no doubt he can hit lefties also," Scioscia said.
In other news, the Angels are preparing to start the season with relievers
Burnett has not appeared in a Cactus League game. De La Rosa has not pitched since March 6 because of a strained right forearm. He has pitched 1 2/3 innings this spring, and will not return to Cactus League action until next week at the earliest.
De La Rosa said he believed he could be ready for the March 31 opener, but Scioscia said the Angels would not be aggressive in pushing De La Rosa.
"We're certainly going to err on the side of caution," Scioscia said. "If it takes him an extra five, six, or seven days to get to where he needs to be, so be it."