In his third big league game, C.J. Cron will bat cleanup for the
That’s great for Cron, the 24-year-old slugger who was called up from triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, but it does not bode well for
The left-handed-hitting Ibanez has a .144 average and 30 strikeouts in 90 at-bats. He has driven in 17 runs with only 13 hits, including a game-tying three-run homer in the ninth inning against the
"Shoot, I wouldn't put me in right now, either," he said after taking early batting practice Monday. "I'll be ready if they need me."
Ibanez said he feels good physically, and he has actually looked good in the four games he has played left field, making a leaping catch at the wall Sunday against the
"That part is frustrating because I do feel very good," he said. "But that doesn't help us put runs on the board. The production has to be there. I'm not happy with where I'm at. I'm definitely disappointed with how I've performed. I'm going to keep fighting, grinding, and working to swing my way out of this."
The Angels are trying to be patient with Ibanez because he has a .756 career OPS (on-base-plus-slugging) percentage in April, his lowest of any month. Ibanez had 29 homers and 65 RBIs for Seattle last season.
"He's never been a guy who has lit it up in April, but once he finds his timing, it's there for a long time," Scioscia said. "He's trying to find his rhythm in the box. Sometimes he's out front, sometimes he's a little behind, sometimes he's swinging at some pitches out of the zone.