The Angels are waiting to see if Howie's hyperextended left knee responds to treatment and if the veterena 2B can avoid the DL. Kendrick is having a great season at the plate and without Albert Pujols this lineup needs all the pop it can muster.
Green is an all-bat, iffy glove prospect that the Angels were considering as a replacement at 3B for 2014 as top prospect Kaleb Cowart needs more seasoning after a dismal AA campaign. He has immense shoes to fill and the cacklers in the stands and message boards of Anaheim may be in for a silencing of their "Trade Howie" campaign as the all-around excellence of Kendrick is suddenly missing from its spot.
Tonight's Angels lineup:
- at 1B, Kole Calhoun
- in CF, Mike Trout
- in RF, Josh Hamilton
- the DH, Mark Trumbo
- at SS, Erick Aybar
- in LF, Reggie Willits. I mean J.B. Shuck
- at 3B, Chris Nelson
- at 2B, making his Angels debut, Grant Green
- and Catching, Chris Iannetta
All of this in support of the suddenly good Garrett Richards.