"His role has been modified a little bit on the defensive end, but his role as a player hasn't changed," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He has had to learn to play both corners. His preference is to play center field, that's why he signed here."Matthews is part of a four-player rotation in the outfield, which also includes Vladimir Guerrero, who owns one of the strongest arms in right field, and Garret Anderson, a quality left fielder. The designated hitter spot alleviates some of the congestion, but not entirely. "Nobody wants to be the everyday DH," Scioscia said. "We can use any of the four outfielders. We have to keep guys in their positions as much as we can. We can change up the DH to keep them rested and healthy." Squeeze plays: Right-hander Scott Shields (shoulder) was to throw a 30-pitch bullpen session, and if all goes well, he could make a game appearance early next week. ... Scioscia suggested that outfielder Juan Rivera might get a look at first base to help ease the crowded outfield situation. "He'll get as many at bats as we can get him," Scioscia said. "He can hit. We're exploring first base." ... First baseman Kendry Morales will rest for a while to help relieve arm tendinitis. ... Righty Kelvim Escobar is making progress in strengthening his shoulder, but he isn't scheduled to start throwing a baseball until the end of the month. ... Righty Dustin Moseley allowed a two-run home run in two innings, with a walk and three strikeouts in his start in Tucson on Saturday. Scioscia hopes to build him up to 70 pitches, so he's capable of making a spot start if needed. ... Infielder Robb Quinlan will miss a day after a ball hit him in the face during a soft toss drill on Friday. Up next: The Angels continue their homestand with a game against the Rangers on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. PT. Ervin Santana will make his third start of the spring, while the Rangers send Kason Gabbard to the mound for his third start.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less