Angels activate Maybin, DFA Robinson

Outfielder missed 16 games with with right knee sprain

Angels activate Maybin, DFA Robinson

ANAHEIM -- The Angels activated outfielder Cameron Maybin from the 10-day disabled list on Monday, restoring a key offensive spark plug to the top of their lineup ahead of their series opener against the Orioles. To clear a spot on their roster, the Angels designated outfielder Shane Robinson for assignment.

Maybin, who started in left field and batted leadoff in Monday's 6-2 loss, missed 16 games after spraining his right knee on a stolen-base attempt on July 18. Before the injury, Maybin was hitting .238 with a .710 OPS, six home runs, 21 RBIs and 25 steals in 75 games.

"Cam, when he was moved to the leadoff spot, definitely set a tone for us," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Hopefully he'll be able to do that. He's got to get on base, he's got to pressure other teams. He can steal a base when needed and certainly get on base ahead of Mike [Trout] and Albert [Pujols] and try to set the table. He's done a great job with that, and I think he's hopefully going to hit his stride and continue to do some of the things he was doing before he was injured."

Angels remember 'The Groove'

Many Angels took time to remember former Halos slugger and coach Don Baylor, who died on Monday following a 14-year battle with multiple myeloma. Baylor spent six seasons with the Angels and captured the 1979 MVP Award after leading the franchise to its first playoff berth. After a 19-year career in the Majors, Baylor became a manager and coach, most recently serving as the Angels' hitting coach from 2014-15.

Reflecting on Baylor's passing

Pujols had remained in contact with Baylor over the last couple years and said that Baylor reached out to congratulate him on his 600th career home run.

"It's sad, man, waking up and hearing the story this morning," Pujols said. "Donnie and I, we stayed in touch even though he wasn't here the last couple years. He always sent me encouraging messages and always congratulated me. Last time I spoke to him was the last game that we were in Texas, and he was telling me, 'Enjoy the break,' and all that stuff. Great human being. He's definitely going to be missed. One of the toughest men I've probably been around."

Added Scioscia: "We're all blessed to have crossed paths with him and just gotten to know Donnie. He'll continue to inspire us."

Worth noting

Yunel Escobar was out of Monday's lineup after suffering an intercostal strain during the Angels' 11-10 loss to the A's on Sunday. Scioscia said the Angels had not yet received the results of Escobar's MRI exam. Luis Valbuena started at third base in Escobar's place.

• Left-hander Andrew Heaney (Tommy John surgery) allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings in his fifth rehab start with Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday. He surrendered six hits while walking two, striking out five and throwing 87 pitches. Heaney is on track to join the Angels' rotation soon, though Scioscia refrained from offering a concrete timeline for his return.

"He's making a strong case that he's close," Scioscia said. "How many more outings he needs, that will definitely rest on what's best for Andrew, where he is and what his needs are, not on the needs of our club."

• The Angels called up left-hander Jose Alvarez from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday and optioned right-hander Eduardo Paredes.

• Outfielder Ramon Flores, who was designated for assignment last week, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.