Brandon Wood might be batting .167 after 114 at-bats and the team's best clutch hitter, Maicer Izturis, might be days away from returning, but manager Mike Scioscia said he doesn't envision any radical change in the two players' roles.
For now, Scioscia said, Izturis will remain the backup to Wood, shortstop Erick Aybar and second baseman Howie Kendrick. Izturis has begun a throwing program and the team envisions activating him from the 15-day disabled list early next week.
"It’s not really a utility role because he's going to be playing somewhere every day," Scioscia said. "It's a versatility role. He'll be playing four to five games a week. If he can hold up and do that, that gives our team a huge offensive boost."
Izturis was batting just .256 before he went on the DL with inflammation in his right shoulder, but he is a lifetime .332 hitter with runners in scoring position. Wood has just three extra-base hits, including two home runs, this season.