The Angels will activate Grant Green before Friday night's game against the Rangers. Notice I did not call him "Infielder" Grant Green. When he arrived in a trade last July, he was billed exclusively as playing 2B, rumors even had it that the Angels were on the verge of trading Howie Kendrick to the Dodgers for pitching prospect Zach Lee but the Blue Balls got cold feet. By the time Spring Training rolled around, Green was playing 3B and SS and not doing a bad job.
But for the past week Green has started in Left Field and the word is he will be considered there above any spot, pushing J.B. Shuck (currently batting .156) down in the depth chart, perhaps only against left-handed pitching, perhaps not.
Green was batting .349 at Salt Lake and has nothing left to prove in the minors. Although his defense is not great his bat is major-league ready and can make up for what damage the leather might do. His power numbers are not stellar but he gets on base better than at least one-third of the position players on the roster.
He can sub for David Freese at the hot corner, be a good bat if Howie or Erick Aybar need a day off and now he can play LF and add another righty bat to the lineup. What's not to like?
Relief Pitcher Yoslan Herrera was sent back down to the minors to make room for Green.