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The Angels couldn’t wait on David Freese’s finger to heal without utilizing his roster spot, so they placed the veteran third baseman on the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday’s game against the Rangers.
And then they shook up the roster.
Up is power-hitting prospect C.J. Cron, who’s ranked third in the Angels’ system by MLB.com and will make his Major League debut as the designated hitter in the No. 5 spot of the lineup.
Joining him is third baseman Luis Jimenez, who hit .264 in 34 games with the Angels last year.
Sent down to Triple-A is outfielder J.B. Shuck, the scrappy left-handed hitter who was batting .173 in his first 19 games.
“I feel we do need more right-handed infield depth with David out,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, “and we definitely feel that J.B. can benefit from going down there and just figuring some things out.”
The Angels cleared a spot on the 40-man for Cron by outrighting reliever Yoslan Herrera off the 40-man roster, three days after optioning him to Triple-A. They then opened spots for Cron and Jimenez on the active, 25-man roster by sending Shuck down and placing Freese on the DL.
Freese suffered a small, non-displaced fracture in his right middle finger after getting hit by a fastball from Rangers starter Colby Lewis on Friday, but said Saturday that he’s “pretty confident” he can be ready at or around the time he’s eligible to be activated (May 18).
In the meantime, the right-handed-hitting Jimenez and the left-handed-hitting Ian Stewart figure to platoon at third base, with Jimenez batting eighth against left-hander Matt Harrison on Saturday. Grant Green batted ninth while making his Major League debut in left field, a position he figures to get most of his playing time at moving forward.
Cron, meanwhile, gives the Angels a right-handed-hitting option at DH and can also play some first base if Albert Pujols needs a day off his feet. The left-handed-hitting Raul Ibanez – with a .149/.221/.299 slash line in his first 26 games – will be an option at DH and left field.
In short, the lineup – a lineup that’s also without corner outfielders Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun – will change frequently.
“C.J. had a terrific spring for us,” Scioscia said of Cron. “I think he’s really found a comfort level the last couple years he’s played, had a great Fall League and spring-boarded it to a terrific Spring Training. He’s off to a great start [in Triple-A] and hopefully he’s going to give us a little boost right now because, especially with David being out, we have a right-handed void.”
Cron posted a 1.167 OPS in the Arizona Fall League, batted .292 in 12 Spring Training games and had a .319/.369/.602 slash line in his first 20 games in the Pacific Coast League.
After Friday night’s game in Salt Lake City, Utah, the 24-year-old got called into the office and saw manager Keith Johnson and director of player development Bobby Scales standing stoically. Scales told Cron his times to first base were a little slow and that he needed to work on it, to which Cron replied with “Yes, sir.” Then they started cracking up, and Johnson broke the news.
“It was really cool,” Cron said. “I didn’t really know what to expect, honestly. It was really early in the season. But I was pleasantly surprised.”
The Angels announced most of their Minor League development staff on Monday. Many are returnees, several got promotions and a few of them are new hirings, most of which were announced in mid-November.
A new name is Denny Hocking, the former utility player who played in the big leagues from 1993 to 2005 — with 11 of those years coming with the Twins — and spent 2012 as hitting coach for the Orioles’ Double-A affiliate.
The Angels lower Class A affiliate has moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Burlington for at least the next two seasons. Also, former infielder and Minor League field coordinator Gary DiSarcina has taken a job as manager of the Red Sox’s Triple-A affiliate.
The Angels are still looking for a manager for rookie-level Orem, after Tom Kotchman resigned.
Here’s the full list, courtesy of the Angels’ PR department …
Triple-A Salt Lake
Manager: Keith Johnson
Pitching coach: Erik Bennett
Hitting coach: Francisco Matos
Trainer: Brian Reinker
Strength and conditioning: Josh Fields
MGR: Tim Bogar
PC: Mike Hampton
HC: Ernie Young
TR: Mike Metcalfe
S&C: Al Sandoval
Class A Inland Empire
MGR: Bill Haselman
PC: Brandon Emanuel
HC: Brenton DelChiaro
TR: Omar Uribe
Class A Burlington
MGR: Jaime Burke
PC: Trevor Wilson
HC: Nathan Haynes
TR: Chris Wells
S&C: Joe Griffin
PC: Chris Gissell
HC: Carson Vitale
TR: Matt Morrell
PC: Matt Wise
HC: Brian Betancourth and Ryan Barba
TR: George Spence
S&C: Sergio Rojas
Dominican Summer League
MGR: Charlie Romero
PC: Hector Astacio and Jose Marte
HC: Edgal Rodriguez and Anel De Los Santos
TR: Osiris Ramirez
Assistant GM, scouting and player development: Scott Servais
Director, player development: Bobby Scales
Manager, Minor League operations: Mike LaCassa
Coordinator Latin American operations: Michael Noboa
Field coordinator: Mike Micucci
Roving pitching coordinator: Jim Gott
Roving hitting coordinator: Paul Sorrento
Roving catching coordinator: Orlando Mercado
Special assignment infield coach: Bobby Knoop
Special assignment catching coach: Bill Lachemann
Special assignment pitching coach: Pete Harnisch
Medical coordinator: Geoff Hostetter
Strength and conditioning coordinator: Seth Walsh
Rehab coordinator: Eric Munson
Rehab coach: Kernan Ronan
Minor League equipment manager: Brett Crane
Assistant equipment manager/Minor League video coordinator: Aaron Wiedeman