Halos' Wood coming alive at plate

Halos' Wood coming alive at plate

ANAHEIM -- Brandon Wood has been at shortstop the past four games with Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis (15-day DL, left forearm strain) unavailable, and the Angels have won three of the four with Wood going 5-for-15 (.333).

"Against the Cubs, Brandon definitely looked more comfortable in the batter's box," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He hit some balls hard for outs. Hopefully, he'll keep moving forward."

Wood had a rough game defensively in Sunday's blowout loss at Wrigley Field, but Scioscia considered that an aberration.

"Woody's a very good defensive shortstop," Scioscia said. "It's not fair to compare anyone with Erick's range. Woody has shown he can get the job done at shortstop, and we're confident with him in there."

Wood has focused on third base the past few seasons, and that's where he started this season before going to the disabled list with a hip flexor strain. He said he is regaining a feel for the shortstop position, with the need to anticipate making the critical first step in either direction as opposed to simply reacting at third base.