The Angels have traded infielder Alberto Callaspo to the A’s for minor-league infielder Grant Green.
Green is playing for Triple-A Sacramento, where he is batting .325/.379/.500 with 11 home runs and 50 RBIs in 87 games. He was hitless in his only 15 at-bats for the A’s this season.
Callaspo was hitting .253 with five home runs and 36 RBIs as the Angels’ everyday third baseman. Last year he batted .252, the lowest batting average he’s had in a full season in his career. He is under contract through 2014 and the Angels could use the money saved to make multiple deals before tomorrow’s 1 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.
Callaspo originally came to the Angels in a July 2010 trade with the Kansas City Royals for Will Smith and Sean O’Sullivan.
Green attended Cal State Fullerton and Canyon High School in Anaheim. He was ranked as Baseball America’s 63rd-best prospect prior to the 2011 season.
Chris Nelson was pulled from the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees’ game against the Iowa Cubs, a strong indication that he will be recalled to take Callaspo’s spot on the 25-man roster.
If you’ve flown between John Wayne airport and Salt Lake City at any point this season, your odds of bumping into an Angels player are pretty high. The Angels have been busy burning a path from Anaheim to their Triple-A affiliate, having used 36 batters and 20 pitchers this season — both tied for second in the league.
Sunday might have been the busiest day of them all.
Kevin Jepsen, Erick Aybar and Ryan Madson are heading to Tempe, Arizona today to continue their rehab at extended spring training.
“Got a pretty good team there, sure,” manager Mike Scioscia said.
In each case, that’s a good sign for the Angels, but the timetable is different for each player’s recovery.
Albert Callaspo batted leadoff 12 times for the Angels in 2010, hitting .148 with a .179 on-base percentage. He returns to the top of the lineup Thursday. (Associated Press)
Mike Trout has one career start as the Angels’ number-two hitter.
Alberto Callaspo said he didn’t remember the last time he batted leadoff.
Yet that’s where they’ll be batting tonight against the Oakland A’s, and for the immediate future.
It was the first thing Angels manager Mike Scioscia was asked about in his pregame media scrum. The first thing he said in response: “I think it’s just really a common sense move.”