Monday, March 12, 2012
Still more things we've learned
By Mark Saxon
If Bobby Abreu wants to get traded, he'd better start showing a little more to the scouts.
Abreu has one hit in 12 at-bats thus far and his swing looked glacially slow in a second-inning strikeout against the Dodgers' Aaron Harang during Monday's 9-1 loss. Abreu missed a couple of days at camp with an illness and Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he'll start him in right field Tuesday against the Giants to help him get in rhythm.
"Bobby's usually not a crisp starter," Scioscia said. "He likes a lot of at-bats to try to get into that groove." ...
Mark Trumbo figures to have good days and bad days as he attempts to make the difficult transition from first base to third. Monday was a bad one.
Trumbo went hitless and made an error on Matt Kemp's grounder to third in the second inning. Trumbo looked awkward trying to scoop the ball, then fumbled it. Scioscia called it a routine play.
"He just got lazy with his feet and the ball took a little hop up and he didn't get it," Scioscia said. "He'll get better as he gets more experience there."
Dee Gordon also bunted for a hit against Trumbo in the first inning. ...
Howie Kendrick might already be benefitting from batting in front of Albert Pujols. Kendrick is mashing the ball, 8 for 15 with a double and home run, but Pujols can't take credit for Kendrick's defense. He has been making diving stops all spring, including on Adam Kennedy's sharply hit grounder in the first inning.