Angels hope Amarista can provide boost

Angels hope Amarista can provide boost

ANAHEIM -- Before Monday's series opener against the Oakland A's, the Angels selected the contract of infielder Alexi Amarista and optioned outfielder Reggie Willits to Triple-A Salt Lake.

"He is an interesting and exciting player," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He has come on strong on our depth chart. He had a terrific spring and is off to a great start in Salt Lake.

"He can play second base and has played the outfield before, so he will take a little pressure off of some of our guys."

While Scioscia sees Amarista as a player who can add to the Angels' infield depth, he is also a player who can potentially help the struggling offense.

Amarista leads the Pacific Coast League in batting at .455 and has 16 RBIs in 14 games played.

"He is a good offensive player," Scioscia said. " If he is going to play, hopefully he will give us a boost.

"We don't want to put too much pressure on him though."