Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Dallas McPherson Returns to Third

Angels manager Mike Scioscia sent new third baseman Chone Figgins to play the outfield in a 10-7 win over the Royals at Surprise, Ariz., Tuesday, and took a long look at Dallas McPherson at the hot corner. McPherson, who had been annointed third baseman of the future last year, finds himself fighting for a roster spot now after hip and back injuries spoiled his rookie season in '05. McPherson has looked uncomfortable at the plate so far in the Cactus League, and may find himself ticketed for Salt Lake City. After playing with a strained muscle in his right side, McPhereson started with the regulars and appeared to be moving normally as he fielded grounders, although he went 0-2 at the plate with another strikeout. If he can recover his stroke, he may win a lefty platoon spot at DH.