Angels manager Joe Maddon plans to rotate outfielders Jo Adell and Jose Rojas – Orange County Register

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ANAHEIM — After Jo Adell had a tough season opener, Angels manager Joe Maddon boosted his confidence in the young outfielder.

Although Adell wasn’t in the lineup Friday for Game 2, Maddon said he had already determined before Thursday’s game that Jose Rojas and Brandon Marsh would be the two corner fielders against right-hander Jake Odorizzi.

“I’m going to get them all out,” Maddon said. “For today, I’m going to bring out Cookie (Rojas). He, of the whole group, probably has as many sticks as anyone in the camp.

Maddon said ahead of Thursday’s game that his original plan after letting Justin Upton go was to start Taylor Ward on the right and the Adell and Marsh squad on the left. Ward then suffered a minor groin sprain. Now it looks like he’s going to have Rojas and Adell timeshare until Ward returns, possibly as early as next weekend.

It’s a limited role for Adell, who turned 23 on Friday. The former top prospect opened his eyes with improvement at the plate and on the field during spring training.

Thursday night, however, he hit in all three of his plate appearances and had two bad moments in left field. He made a bad jump on a ball that had an 80% chance of catching, earning him a double. He also missed home plate about 40 feet with a pitch.

Later in the game, a home run landed in the front row of the short left fence, just out of reach.

“He’s fine,” Maddon said after Thursday’s game. “The guy had a great camp. It’s ready to roll. You’re not going to have your best night all the time, but I have a lot of faith in him.

Maddon also said he likes Rojas, Adell and Marsh in both corners of the outfield.

“There’s really no good reason behind it,” Maddon said of the initial outfield lineup with Adell on the left and Marsh on the right. “They are both good. … We just chose to go in that direction. You could see it the other way around too.

PITCH PLANS

Maddon said he would be hesitant to use his relievers two days in a row at the start of the season due to the shortening spring.

“That’s why we needed 10 (relievers), to make sure we had enough to cover,” Maddon said. “That’s just the way it works right now. You might find a match you don’t like because of that. That’s how it’s going to roll a bit.

Maddon also said he plans to loosen the reins on the starters for their second starts. The first time pitchers are limited to 75-80 pitches, and for their second start it will increase to 90-95.

REMARKS

Although Kurt Suzuki started at receiver in the second game of the season, Maddon said he planned a rotation for receivers that would allow Max Stassi to catch four of six games in the opening homestand of the season. Maddon said he likes Suzuki as a backup, but ideally he would play less than the 63 games he started behind the plate last season. …

A day after his first regular-season stint with PitchCom, the electronic signaling system, Stassi said there were a few issues to deal with. “I’m going to practice a little more with it,” he said. “We haven’t used it much this spring. There are different ways to navigate the buttons. …

The Angels claimed Kyle Tyler on waivers from the Padres, then opted for Triple-A. Tyler was with the Angels until a few weeks ago. They designated him for assignment and he was claimed by the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox then let him go and the Padres claimed him, and then the Padres let him go. Tyler, 25, allowed four earned runs in 12-1/3 innings with the Angels last season, walking six and striking out six. …

The Angels moved right-hander Cooper Criswell (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list to open up a 40-man berth for Tyler.

NEXT

Angels (RHP Noah Syndergaard, 0-1, 9.00 in 2021) vs. Astros (RHP Justin Verlander, 1-0, 3.00 in 2020), Saturday, 6:08 p.m., Bally Sports West, 8:30 a.m.

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