Anderson might be an eyesore, but he’s getting better

first_imgBy Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER BOSTON – Garret Anderson’s slow recovery from conjunctivitis concerned the Angels enough to have the outfielder undergo a CT Scan of his head in Boston on Friday. Team doctor Lewis Yocum confirmed that the CT Scan took place, saying its purpose was to find out if a sinus infection or any other kind of similar illness was delaying Anderson’s recovery from his current right eye infection. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityNothing out of the ordinary was found and Anderson was back in the starting lineup and batting in the cleanup spot just as he was in the opener of the American League Division Series on Wednesday. There was no change in Anderson’s outward appearance as his eye continued to look swollen and aggravated. “Well, it looks puffier and puffier, but his vision is getting better and better,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before Friday’s game. “He had an eye exam today and his vision is fine. He’ll be in the lineup.” Scioscia said nothing more than Anderson saw an eye specialist on Friday and took an eye exam. But he did admit to having a discussion with Anderson regarding his ability to play. Anderson was quoted after Game 1 saying his eye “is not where it should be.” “Well I just talked to him about making sure he was OK, that I had heard that maybe it wasn’t (OK), and he assured me he was fine to see,” Scioscia said. “I think his vision is fine or he wouldn’t be playing. We’re very comfortable. I think his point was that it was maybe a bit uncomfortable but it’s not affecting anything he needs to do to go out there and play baseball. That’s the bottom line.” Mudders The Angels were greeted by a soggy track Friday when they arrived at Fenway Park. After Thursday’s workout, the Fenway Park grounds crew saturated the infield dirt. The Angels’ Gary Matthews Jr., who is not on the roster for this series but was working out with the team before the game, said it wasn’t the first time the Angels have experienced a wet infield. Matthews said the same thing was done at both New York and Texas this season. The idea is that a damp, heavy infield will neutralize the Angels’ running game. “You’re allowed to tailor some part of your field to your club,” Scioscia said. “Sinker ball pitchers like the high grass, or if you have a speed game, keep the foul lines sloped to keep bunts fair. But I didn’t see anything here to make me think (anything).” In quest of a deeper lineup Kendry Morales, a switch hitter, got the call over right-handed hitting Juan Rivera as the Angels’ designated hitter. The Angels were facing Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka in Game 2 on Friday. The DH spot opened up when Vladimir Guerrero pronounced himself fit enough to return to right field, where he hadn’t played since Sept. 4 because of a sore right triceps. “I think that from the left side, Kendry Morales is really swinging the bat well,” Scioscia said. “It’s a lineup we wanted to take a look at but weren’t able to because Vlad was occupying the DH spot. It gives us a chance to get a little deeper lineup.” Early getaway Red Sox pitchers Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett got an early start on their travel to Southern California. Both took a flight to Orange County during Game2. Schilling will start in Game 3 Sunday in Anaheim, and since Beckett would not be used no matter what happened in Friday’s game, he was allowed to leave early as well. Scioscia said there was a thought of sending Angels Game 3 starter Jered Weaver home early. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more