TEMPE, Ariz. —
Hamilton strained his left calf three weeks ago. He is expected to be the Angels' designated hitter Monday — and the cleanup hitter and left fielder in the March 31 opener against the
Neither Hamilton nor Manager
Hamilton got 60 at-bats last spring, in 21 games. Starting Monday, the Angels have 12 exhibition games remaining.
Scioscia said players generally need 40 to 60 at-bats in
"I'll get plenty," he said.
The Angels can use Hamilton in minor league exhibitions, in which the rules are flexible. For instance, he could lead off every inning and get nine at-bats per day. Scioscia said it would be premature to say whether Hamilton would need work beyond the Cactus League games.
"If we have to complement it, we can," Scioscia said.