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 TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -Vladimir Guerrero is part of the Los Angeles Angels' plans at designated hitter, even if he isn't wild about the idea.
Guerrero reported to spring training for a physical Tuesday, a day before position players were due. He shook his head no when asked if he was interested in logging more time as the DH.
Manager Mike Scioscia suggested Guerrero is one of several players who could benefit with some time at designated hitter.
``It's going to be a tool to rest some guys,'' Scioscia said.
Guerrero was the DH in 41 games last season because of nagging injuries, including 17 starts in September. He hit .270 with 10 homers and 36 RBI in 159 at-bats. Shea Hillenbrand had 45 starts at DH.
The offseason acquisition of center fielder Torii Hunter gives the Angels a logjam in the outfield. Guerrero and veterans Garret Anderson and Gary Matthews Jr. also are in contention for spots.
Scioscia hinted that all four could see time as DH.
``Those four bats have to be in the lineup,'' he said. ``All those guys are going to put winning ahead of anything. They know the situation. They've been where we are now.''
Adding to the DH mix are Juan Rivera, who missed most of last season, and outfielder Reggie Willits, who hit .293 and had 27 stolen bases in 430 at-bats last season.
Scioscia said he doesn't envision a problem with Guerrero as DH.
``Nobody is talking about a full-time DH,'' he said. ``I think Vlad understands the luxury we have when he comes in and the legs are a little stiff that he's still going to get at-bats. We'll work through it.''
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