9/22/2013 6:42 P.M. ET
Green benefiting from Kendrick's guidance
By William Boor / Special to MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Grant Green has played second base for less than a year, but already feels comfortable and believes it is the position that suits him best.
The reason for Green's confidence? His natural abilities combined with Howie Kendrick's mentorship.
"I feel I can use my athleticism there and do some things that some second baseman can't, and talking to Howie and getting some stuff from him has really helped my confidence," Green said. "If he sees something out of the ordinary, he comes to me and says, 'Hey this is what I saw. This is what I'd do, maybe try it.' For a guy like Howie to be able to do that to a new guy coming up and a new guy in the organization, shows a lot of his character."
When Kendrick went on the DL with a left knee sprain, Green got his chance to play every day. Although Kendrick was hurt and unable to help the Angels directly, the second baseman took the opportunity to mentor Green.
"You can help guys with the basics, but from there, they can do their own thing," Kendrick said. "That's how I learned from Adam Kennedy. He taught me a couple things, and then I put my own take on it. That's one of the things about this game, there's no one way to do things. Your style becomes your style. He's pretty confident and is going to be a good player."
Green came up through the Minor Leagues as a shortstop, and Kendrick said one one of the toughest things about switching from short to second is turning a double play. When a shortstop gets the ball on a double play, he often already has momentum carrying him toward first base, but a second baseman needs to generate that momentum in order to get off a strong throw.
While Green still has some work to do, Kendrick feels he is picking it up well and has been impressed with Green's willingness to put in the extra work.
"He's learning from just playing," Kendrick said. "That's the only way you're going to get game experience and learn on the fly, turn double plays and get familiar around the bases. He's learning the technique. He's putting in the time to learn how to do things."
Scioscia: Romine's played well, has room to grow
ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia said it's too early to project what will happen next season and that Andrew Romine has to improve on certain aspects of his play at third base, but didn't rule out the possibility of Romine competing for an everyday job in 2014.
"Andrew Romine has played good baseball for us, and that's all you can do if you get an opportunity," Scioscia said.
While Romine has spent the bulk of his time at third base lately, he has been all over the field this season.
The infielder has played in 17 games at shortstop, 17 at third and four at second. Although his defensive versatility is useful, Romine has also been contributing at the plate.
In Friday's 3-2 victory over the Mariners, Romine tied a career-high with three hits. The infielder also has 11 hits in his last 27 at-bats (.407) and nine RBIs in his last 12 games.
"Getting more at-bats is the difference," Romine said. "I think that's really the biggest part of it is getting comfortable."
Romine began the season in Anaheim, but struggled as he hit just .130 in 23 at-bats in April.
In his last 22 games, however, things turned around, and he was hitting .328 in that span entering play Sunday. Aside from simply getting more opportunities, Romine feels getting into the flow of the season has helped him find a rhythm.
"The biggest difference is just the beginning of the season as opposed to the end of the season," Romine said. "Beginning is always tougher. You're starting over, getting in the swing of things. The end, you know what you've been doing, you know what works and what you can do to finish strong."
• The Angels outrighted right-handed pitcher David Carpenter to Double-A Arkansas and fellow righty Daniel Stange to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.
• Chris Nelson remained available as a defensive replacment on Sunday, but is not able to run at 100 percent yet.
• Mark Trumbo was given Sunday off, so Efren Navarro got the start at first base.
• Prior to Monday's game against Oakland, the Angels will recognize Jered Weaver as the team's Roberto Clemente Award Nominee presented by Chevrolet.
The award recognizes an MLB player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field.
William Book is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.