The Angels have played three games since cleanup batter
Kendrick, the Angels' second baseman, has started 903 career games, 12 in the cleanup spot.
For now, Kendrick is likely to be the cleanup batter against left-handed starters, Manager
Hamilton bats left-handed, but he is expected to be out until late May after surgery Friday to repair a thumb ligament. Ibanez bats left-handed, but he entered play Saturday batting .194, with one extra-base hit and 12 strikeouts in 31 at-bats. Freese entered play Saturday batting .147, with one extra-base hit and nine strikeouts in 34 at-bats.
"We're going to have to be fluid until we get some continuity," Scioscia said.
When Scioscia wanted to try a right-handed batter at leadoff Saturday, he opted for outfielder
Aybar's career slugging percentage is .385 overall, .394 against left-handers.
Would the consideration of where to bat Aybar be different with Hamilton in the lineup?
"Yes," Scioscia said.