Tempe, Ariz. -- Most established position players use spring training to get into "baseball shape," to find their timing and rhythm at the plate, while putting very little emphasis on results.
Which is why Angels veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, a 38-year-old entering his 16th big-league season, is not concerned about the .115 average (three for 26) he took into Thursday's exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals.
"I just want to feel good with my swing, with my legs, with my body, and to make good contact," Abreu said. "Right now, I'm worried about getting myself ready for the season."
Considering his circumstances, Abreu should be a lot more concerned with his performance.
He came to camp dissatisfied with a role reduction, saying he preferred to be traded if he wasn't going to get regular playing time, and he has since done nothing to warrant starting ahead of players such as Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo at designated hitter and Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter in the outfield.