"He had a great year in Triple-A, and I think he backed it up with a good half-year with us. He's an important piece, no doubt."
Calhoun is hitting .281 with two home runs and 10 RBIs this spring.
Scioscia said he didn't believe the pressure of the new role would affect Calhoun.
"He's just going to play baseball," Scioscia said.
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