Torii Hunter feels for Bobby Abreu

February, 26, 2012
2/26/12
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As the Angels' workout ended Sunday, there was no sign of Bobby Abreu.

That's not necessarily alarming news. Position players were simply required to report for their physicals Sunday and, according to the team, Abreu underwent his. The first workout is scheduled for Monday morning.

Outfielder Torii Hunter, who stopped by the clubhouse Sunday, spoke out in support of Abreu, who told ESPNDeportes last week that the team should trade him if it's not willing to play him every day.

"This is a guy who knows he still has something left in the tank and he wants to play every day. If he didn’t complain or anything like that, I would think something was wrong with him," Hunter said."If you just sit there and take it, then you would question, 'Does he really want to play? Is he happy making $9 million or whatever?' No, he wants to play.

"Some people say, 'Sit back, shut up and make your money.' No, Bobby is a player. I hate that he has to go through this."

Abreu, 37, would seem to have no appreciable role, particularly if Kendrys Morales is healthy by Opening Day. The Angels' outfield is full and Morales and Mark Trumbo figure to take up most of the at-bats at designated hitter. Abreu batted .253 with eight home runs and 60 RBIs last season.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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