Bobby Abreu told Spanish-language reporters Thursday that he plans on playing six days a week during Cactus League play and Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Friday he thinks he can find the veteran that many at-bats.
It's unusual for an established veteran to play that frequently, but Abreu, 37, has said he would prefer to be traded rather than be relegated to the Angels' bench. Playing more often here could help showcase him to other teams if he plays well. The Angels have a crowded lineup after the arrival of Albert Pujols and the expected recovery of Kendrys Morales and it's difficult to envision Abreu getting the 400 at-bats the team promised him.
"I think he wants to play. He wants to show he can play, he wants to go out there and win the at-bats that he thinks he’s got to need to contribute to the team," Scioscia said. "He wants to get started on it."