ANAHEIM — Utility man Grant Green was placed on the 15-day handicapped list on Wednesday on account of soreness in his lower back, and also first baseman C.J. Cron — basically the everyday designated hitter until finally he was sent documented on Saturday — was called copy from Triple-A to take his area.
X-rays on Greens back came back clear, and the 26-year-old doesnt expect to always be out much longer than his DL stint.
I dont think thus, Green said. I feel I should be good to go before the DL stint is over.
Green attack the game-winning single on Sunday, then tweaked his back again doing squats the following day, was unavailable on Saturday and Tuesday, and then I awoke this morning and couldnt get up straight, he said with Wednesday.
The Angels will continue to rotate left field, first bottom and DH, with Josh Hamilton and Ervin Pujols getting starts at DH as needed, and the left-handed-hitting Efren Navarro and right-handed-hitting Cron probably cracking time filling in.
The Angels have a limited bench due to an eight-man bullpen, circumstances that is expected to continue a minimum of until Mondays off-day.
Cron, a 24-year-old rookie, batted .295 with nine homers and 27 RBIs in his first 47 games, a big reason why the 42-year-old Raul Ibanez was released. However he went 3-for-26 with 6 strikeouts and no walks in his up coming six contests before being optioned returning to the Minors.
Manager Mike Scioscia named it the cyclical nature of hitting.
C.J. can hit, Scioscia added in. Hes always hit. Its just that there is going to be some periods whenever you dont get those balls in order to fall in, and I think above all thats what you were seeing having C.J.