08/29/08 11:00 PM ET
Injuries shuffle Angels' batting order
Scioscia moves Anderson up in effort to bolster production
By Mike Scarr / MLB.com
Injuries to middle infielders Howie Kendrick, Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar have not only raised the cautionary flag on the defensive side of the depth chart but also in the batting order.
Kendrick, Izturis and Aybar have each occupied the two-hole this season, while Kendrick was penciled in there two days ago as a possible stretch-run move only to aggravate his left hamstring.
On Friday, Scioscia moved Garret Anderson up to second in the batting order to see if he can create some production at the top of the lineup in front of Mark Teixeira, Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter.
It was the first time Anderson has hit there since Sept. 14, 1999, in Kansas City. In 36 career games as a No. 2 hitter, Anderson has hit .259 with one homer.
"We've got to find some continuity. We've got a lot of guys that are out, and it is something we've talked about with Garret before," Scioscia said. "He's hit in a multitude of spots. With the guys that are there today, I think it is good to try and find some continuity by lining those guys up and with Garret ahead of them."
Scioscia said he wasn't willing to commit to the move long term and listed Gary Matthews Jr. and Reggie Willits as two other possibilities for batting second. Juan Rivera was slotted sixth in the order Friday, with Jeff Mathis, Brandon Wood and Sean Rodriguez filling seven, eight and nine, respectively.
"With this group of guys here right now, I think the best option is to line them up and move Garret up there to the two-hole," Scioscia said.
Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.