MESA, Ariz. — It wasn't quite a stump speech for a
"We're not there yet," Scioscia said. "We'll see where we are next week, but David is going to play third base for us, and we anticipate him playing it well."
Freese, acquired from St. Louis for
“I'm happy to hear Mike put that out there,” said Freese, who was scratched from Tuesday's 8-4 exhibition win over the
Freese has never been known for his range and hands, and surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right ankle in 2010 further hampered him defensively.
"Was it frustrating? Of course," Freese said. "Me and Tony got into it a couple of times about it behind closed doors, but I tried to see it for what it was. I don't have the lineup card in my locker."
Scioscia will have a strong defensive option in
Good and bad news
There were mixed emotions in McDonald's Scituate, Mass., home Tuesday after the 39-year-old utility infielder was told he made the team and was added to the 40-man roster.
"My 5-year-old daughter said, 'I'm happy for you, Daddy, but sad for me,'" McDonald said. "She wants Daddy to come home."
That homecoming will have to wait — until after October, McDonald hopes. On the plus side, Jackie McDonald will be able to go to
"He can definitely help us on the defensive side," Scioscia said. "He's a magician with the glove. He's really showed well at shortstop recently, and that's something to put a lot of weight on."
McDonald is a career .235 hitter whose glove, hands, quick release and accurate arm have kept him employed. But it didn't hurt that he has hit .321 this spring.
"You don't change the player you are over the course of 15 years, but I've tried to have better-quality at-bats and shorten my swing," McDonald said. "I tried to hit the ball through the infield instead of over the outfield."
"He's still not able to get over that hump," Scioscia said of Burnett, who is trying to return from elbow surgery. "It's a step forward any time you can get off the mound, but it wasn't the breakthrough bullpen we were looking for. He wasn't able to turn the ball loose like he needs to."