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07/06/09 9:30 PM ET
Angels put Vlad back in DH role
Scioscia giving slugger time to adjust to outfield
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- A day after Vladimir Guerrero played in the field for the first time this season, he was back starting at designated hitter on Monday. Manager Mike Scioscia made it clear before Guerrero's start in right field on Sunday that the slugger would not be playing the outfield in back-to-back games, allowing him time to adjust. "There is not a lot of residual stiffness, which is good, and he felt good, so we will start weening him off of being the designated hitter," said Scioscia. To work his way back into playing right field, Guerrero prior to Sunday's start began throwing to bases from the outfield and shagging balls. Guerrero seems to have also found his swing after being on the disabled list for 35 games earlier this season with a torn right pectoral muscle. In the Angels' past two games, he has two home runs and six RBIs, a stark contrast to his totals of two home runs and 14 RBIs prior to that.
Quinn Roberts is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.