Jimenez an 'emergency' option in Angels' outfield

Jimenez an 'emergency' option in Angels' outfield

ANAHEIM -- Since making his Major League debut on April 12, infielder Luis Jimenez has made a strong impression with his glove at third base in 18 games while Alberto Callaspo was on the disabled list.

"I don't know if you could ask any player to come up and do anything else on the defensive side," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's done everything you could ask any player to do on the defensive side and it's helped us win games."

Prior to Friday's game, the Angels activated Callaspo from the disabled list, but kept Jimenez on the 25-man roster because of his defense and his versatility.

As Callaspo retakes his role as the team's everyday third baseman, Jimenez may find his new role in left field as he spent Friday afternoon using Mark Trumbo's glove to get in some outfield work.

"I just am ready and available for anything they need me to do," Jimenez said. "Any spot that they need anything. If I'm here, I'll be able to do it."

Scioscia said Jimenez will be used in left field on an "emergency basis," but the 25-year old is confident and comfortable with his abilities in the outfield as he spent some time out there during the Caribbean series.

"I'm OK. Anywhere they need me, I'll be OK," Jimenez said. "If I can make the routine play, I'll be OK."

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.