Taylor Ward is not an option to fill Angels’ hole at third base – Orange County Register

ANAHEIM – Taylor Ward played third base when he came to the majors in 2018 and again in 2019, so there’s been a question of whether the Angels outfielder could go back to that position now that third baseman Anthony Rendon is out for the season.

That question was answered with a resounding no on Monday.

Ward said he hasn’t worked out at third in years. The few ground balls he took in the infield during spring training were at first.

“I feel like I help the team better outfield,” Ward said. “I feel I’m way better out there. I’m open to any discussion they have, but I love right field. I love the outfield. ”

Ward struggled defensively at third in the majors, which is why the Angels moved him to the outfield, where he has been much better.

Manager Phil Nevin also said there’s been no discussion of moving Ward.

“He’s one of the best right fielders in the game,” Nevin said. “He’s been moved around his entire career and you know, in an emergency, I know he can do things, but Taylor’s at leadoff and he’s going to play right field and we feel really good about that. He’s bounced around a lot in his career, position-wise, and right now with the sense of comfort in the right field, we would like to keep him there. ”

General Manager Perry Minasian, who addressed a variety of topics with the media on Monday, said the front office would look outside the organization to find help, just as it does for all positions all the time.

“We’re always trying to make improvements,” Minasian said. “We’re always looking for ways to improve this club from the outside, from the inside. Matt Duffy’s (at third) right now. He’s had a pretty good career track record. It’s a pretty good career up to this point. So we expect him to be productive. We’re always looking for ways to improve. ”

The internal options to replace Rendon, who had surgery on Monday, also include Tyler Wade and Luis Rengifo.

The trade deadline is Aug. 2 this year, and Minasian said any trade discussions would likely gain steam closer to that date.

ADELL UPDATE

Outfielder Jo Adell had a brief stint in his second trip to the big leagues during the Angels’ last homestand. Minasian said he’s been impressed that Adell continues to make progress.

“I think (he’s improved at) base running, defense, offense,” Minasian said. “He’s a really young player. I think for him just to continue to get everyday at-bats was really important. He’s going down there and he’s had the right attitude. That’s what really impressive. We’ve all seen certain players in the past who go up and go down and can take a certain type of attitude to Triple-A. They might not necessarily perform or work the way they should and he’s been the exact opposite. He’s been awesome. It’s a testament to him and his makeup. ”

Adell is hitting .200 with an .820 OPS at Triple-A. He hit .250 with a .693 OPS in the majors.

UPDATE FLETCHER

Infielder David Fletcher (hip surgery) said he has been running and throwing and hitting flips and off a tee. He still hasn’t taken ground balls, but that’s coming soon.

Fletcher said he is expecting to do a rehab assignment, which could still be “a couple weeks away.”

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