It's CJ Cron Time!!!
Cron has been called up and JB Shuck has been sent down. Cron will bat fifth and serve as the DH tonight against Rangers lefty Matt Harrison. This, of course, is a move that not only corresponds with Shuck's struggles at the plate, but also the need for a right handed DH against left handed pitching. This is a long-awaited move that has Angels fans as excited as any call up since Mike Trout.
David Freese The Latest Victim Of Getting Hot, Get Injured Club
Freese was on a roll. He was finding his opposite field stroke, and almost hit one out the other day against the Cleveland Indians, but the ball was knocked down by the wind. Still, Freese looked like he had turned a new leaf overnight, and raised his average fast to over .200. Then, last night he became the DL's latest get hot, get hurt conspiracy. He joins Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun on the disabled list, and like them, he was just beginning to take off. The Angels recalled infielder Luis Jiminez from AAA Salt Lake to take his place.
Grant Green Learning The Utility Role
Grant Green is also in the starting lineup tonight in left field. Adding the outfield to his versatility has given Green an edge when it comes to promotions and demotions. He has the bat, and he is working hard on his defense. Becoming an all around utility player could be an indication that Green's defense is improving.
Josh Hamilton Racing To Return
No player under Dr. Steven Shin has ever returned from the same injuries Hamilton suffered in less than seven weeks. Shin has never even cleared anyone with the same ailment before six weeks. However, Josh Hamilton is a gamer. He wants to return quicker. He already took over eighty swings off the tee with one hand the other day, and is looking to enter rehab games by the middle of this month. He's feeling good, but he has to come to a compromise with Dr. Shin. Hopefully Hamilton will return sooner. But at the same time, hopefully he won't over extend himself. Having him return healthy, along with Calhoun, and now Freese, will turn an Angels offense that is already second in the AL in runs, and first in homeruns and slugging percentage without them, into a lethal force. Here's to a healthy return.