"I don't think it'd be fair just to throw him out there," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "This guy has played virtually no third base; virtually none. He's played very little second base."
Green, the 13th overall pick by the A's in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, spent his first full season in the pros at shortstop, split time between shortstop and center field in 2011, got ample time at five positions in '12 -- center field, left field, shortstop, third base and second base -- and has mostly played second base in '13.
Upon being acquired by the Angels on July 30, Green spent a week in Triple-A working with roving infield instructor Omar Vizquel at third -- a position he's played on only 11 of his 475 career Minor League games. Then Kendrick got hurt and Green came up to play second base regularly, posting a .292/.352/.398 slash line, but playing inconsistent defense.
Green's still working at third sparingly, but Scioscia would like to see the young infielder get more of a grasp on second before focusing on the hot corner.
"There are things that he's moved forward with [at second base], and there are a lot of things that he's still working on improving," Scioscia said. "This guy's working hard. He was out here [Tuesday]; he and [infield coach] Alfredo [Griffin] must've turned a hundred double plays working on stuff. I think that's all part of the process -- getting him comfortable at one position, trying to get him proficient and slowly introducing another position where maybe he's going to show some versatility. But I don't think it's fair to Grant right now."
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