Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

news

MLB News

Jimenez makes debut as Halos first baseman

MLB.com

CHICAGO -- Luis Jimenez still doesn't even own his own first-base mitt. Mark Trumbo gave him a brand new one, but it isn't broken in yet. So for Saturday's game, when Jimenez made his first career start at first base, he used the one Albert Pujols deploys for games.

Jimenez got some minimal work at first base during Spring Training and played an inning there in the Minors in 2007. That's the extent of his experience at the position. But with Pujols still working through pain in his right knee and left foot -- something the cold weather of Chicago doesn't help -- and an opposing lefty on the mound for the first time since May 1, Halos manager Mike Scioscia put Jimenez there in order to use Pujols as the designated hitter and replace J.B. Shuck with Trumbo in left field.

View Full Game Coverage

CHICAGO -- Luis Jimenez still doesn't even own his own first-base mitt. Mark Trumbo gave him a brand new one, but it isn't broken in yet. So for Saturday's game, when Jimenez made his first career start at first base, he used the one Albert Pujols deploys for games.

Jimenez got some minimal work at first base during Spring Training and played an inning there in the Minors in 2007. That's the extent of his experience at the position. But with Pujols still working through pain in his right knee and left foot -- something the cold weather of Chicago doesn't help -- and an opposing lefty on the mound for the first time since May 1, Halos manager Mike Scioscia put Jimenez there in order to use Pujols as the designated hitter and replace J.B. Shuck with Trumbo in left field.

View Full Game Coverage

"As long as I do the job, as long as I do what the team needs to win, I'll be OK," Jimenez said. "I just try to do my stuff. Just play the game."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Erick Aybar, Robert Coello, Scott Downs, Ernesto Frieri, Kevin Jepsen, Luis Jimenez, Ryan Madson, Garrett Richards, Dane De La Rosa, Jered Weaver