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• Injured utility man Grant Green took grounders for the first time Wednesday after rehabbing his back in Arizona over the past week.

Green is hitting off a tee, doing soft toss but has not begun running or seeing live pitching and said there was no certain timetable for a rehab appearance.

"It's something very fragile and something that you have to make sure is OK before you can start doing stuff," Green said.

Albert Pujols has served as the designated hitter just once in the last nine games, including Wednesday's start at first base. He was the DH in four of his previous 11 starts.

Manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels were better with Pujols at first base and have used the DH slot as a way to rest tired legs.

"I think it's served its purpose as far as keeping him fresh, and we'll do it as needed and maybe still do it just to stay ahead of things and keep him fresh," Scioscia said.

Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for
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