8/7/2013 1:38 A.M. ET
Halos call up No. 3 prospect Green
By Alden Gonzalez and William Boor / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Grant Green, 25 and four years removed from being a first-round Draft pick out of the University of Southern California, is still a man without a position.
He was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, seven days after the Angels acquired him from the A's in a one-for-one deal that sent third baseman Alberto Callaspo to Oakland, and started at second base, but he still doesn't know where he fits long-term. Green came up as a shortstop, is most comfortable playing second base, had a brief stint in the outfield and has been getting schooled on third base since joining the Angels' organization.
"It's fun, kind of, playing different positions now and then, but you still want to play a position you feel comfortable with," said Green, who picked up his first big league hit, a single, in the second inning and finished 2-for-4. "I'm glad that, with the A's, I was able to play all those positions because I kind of have that in my back pocket, but playing the last year at second base has really been kind of helpful because I only have one position. I'm able to get as comfortable and work out the little kinks that you get as you play through the year."
The Angels are still holding out hope that Howie Kendrick (left knee sprain) can avoid the disabled list, but for at least the next four days, Green, Chris Nelson and Tommy Field will essentially be alternating at two positions -- second and third base.
Green spent his first full season at shortstop, split time between shortstop and center field in 2011, got ample time at five positions in 2012 -- center field, left field, shortstop, third base and second base -- and has mostly played second base in 2013.
The Angels' immediate opening is at third base, where Callaspo no longer resides and where top prospect Kaleb Cowart still needs more time. Green started his last four games in Salt Lake at third base, working closely with roving infield instructor Omar Vizquel, but he still has work to do.
"It was nice to get on that side of the diamond again," Green said of a position where he's played in only 15 of his 462 Minor League games. "The more and more games got there, the more and more comfortable I felt there."
Now the Angels' No. 3 prospect, Green has posted a .306/.354/.468 slash line in five Minor League seasons and has performed at every level. In his first season at Triple-A last year, he hit .296 with 15 homers, 73 RBIs and 13 steals. This year, he's hit .326 with 11 homers in 93 games.
If he proves he can hit at the big league level over these next two months, the Angels will find him a position.
"Being a competitor, you want to go out and do well, and that's what I'm going to see it as," said Green, a Fullerton native who grew up a Giants fan but frequently visited Angel Stadium. "I'm not going to see it as, 'Oh, I have to do it.' It's going to be the type of thing where I want to. Hopefully I play well and they see it as a good thing going into the offseason and maybe Spring Training next year."
Kendrick avoids major injury to knee
ANAHEIM -- The Angels don't know how long they will be without second baseman Howie Kendrick, but they received some good news on Tuesday.
A day after Kendrick strained his left knee colliding with Collin Cowgill in shallow right field, an MRI exam revealed no significant damage.
Kendrick, who was on crutches following Monday's 5-2 loss to the Rangers at Angel Stadium, is hitting .301 with 47 RBIs and hopes to avoid his first trip to the disabled list since May 2011. He will be reevaluated at the end of the week.
"We'll give him about four or five days, see how it progresses," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "As far as structural damage, it looks like he's OK. Obviously, he's very, very sore, very stiff, but we'll give it a couple days to play out and see what direction we are going to go."
Bourjos will try to play through pain
ANAHEIM -- Peter Bourjos' right wrist doesn't feel 100 percent healthy, but good enough to play on -- and that's essentially how it'll be for the rest of this season.
The Angels' center fielder, out since getting plunked on the wrist on June 29, has felt fine during batting practice the last few days. He'll play in his first rehab game for Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday -- the same day Jason Vargas is slated to throw five innings and about 75 pitches -- and is expected to be there for 4-7 days.
"The fracture is stable; it is what it is," said Bourjos, who has a .333/.392/.457 slash line in 40 games this season. "I'm either going to tolerate the pain or I'm not going to be able to."
Bourjos will play in Round Rock, Texas, from Thursday to Sunday. After that, the club will determine whether he should travel with the Salt Lake Bees for their series in Albuquerque, N.M., or join the Angels in New York.
Bourjos, 26, said offseason surgery to remove the bone from his wrist "is an option, but I haven't really thought about it yet." The discomfort he feels "depends on the day," and he's been told he can't really make the wrist any worse by playing with it.
"Some days it's better than others, and I think that's how it's going to be," said Bourjos, who will wear a protective guard during his plate appearances. "Maybe in two to three weeks, it can get to the point where it's consistently better and I'm not going to have any pain. But I think at this point it's just going to be up and down. I don't think there's any point in just sitting here and doing nothing. I'm going to try to play with it and move on."
Iannetta back to getting bulk of playing time
ANAHEIM -- When the Angels began the season, Chris Iannetta was unquestionably the starting catcher.
Then came a stretch when Iannetta and Hank Conger were getting approximately the same number of starts, with Conger starting against right-handed pitchers.
Now, it appears Iannetta is back to being the everyday catcher.
Iannetta has started 12 of the 19 games since the All-Star break and seven of the last eight -- including Tuesday's game against right-hander Yu Darvish.
"Hank's going to get time," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Chris' defense is starting to play a lot more, and that's important. At the plate, he's been pretty consistent with what he's done. He's taken his walks, I think he's starting to feel a little more comfortable in the batter's box. But, I think on the defensive side, he's doing a good job."
Iannetta threw out three runners attempting to steal in Friday's victory over the Blue Jays and has a hit in four consecutive games for the first time since May 28-June 1.
"Hank's going to play," Scioscia said. "At times, one guy is going to do it more than the other, and right now, Chris is feeling a little more comfortable right now.
• Sean Burnett is slated to have surgery to repair the torn flexor tendon in his left elbow by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. Burnett, signed through next season with a mutual option for 2015, will be sidelined for the rest of 2013 but is expected to be fully healthy for the start of '14 Spring Training.
• Joe Blanton has pitched six scoreless innings out of the bullpen, including three perfect ones in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Rangers, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, "There's always an opportunity for Joe to get back in our rotation. I don't think a good role in our 'pen is going to limit him from doing that. It's just going to be where our rotation is and what our needs are."
• Mark Trumbo took a grounder off his right ring finger on Monday, prompting Scioscia to put him at designated hitter and play Kole Calhoun at first base Tuesday.
• Robert Coello, who has been nursing shoulder inflammation since June 9, isn't expected back in 2013. The 28-year-old right-hander, who posted a 4.30 ERA in 13 games earlier this year, has been rehabbing in Arizona but has yet to start playing catch.
• Tommy Hanson dropped Scott Boras as his agent and has joined Greg Genske at The Legacy Agency. Hanson will be in his second year of arbitration this offseason.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.