ANAHEIM — There will be no awkwardness between Cameron Maybin and Ben Revere when the Angels left fielder returns from injury to supplant his hot-hitting replacement.
Revere, who is hitting .375 over his last 11 games while Maybin recovers from a sprained knee suffered July 18, has kept the lines of communication open with his teammate.
“I told him to take his time coming back,” Revere joked. “No seriously, of course you want more bats. The sooner he gets back, the sooner he’ll be in the lineup and I’ll be right there to support him. That’s why I’ve been in this league for so long, being a good teammate.”
Angels manager Mike Scioscia matter-of-factly stated Maybin would indeed replace Revere in left field when he returns, which is expected to be Monday.
Revere extended his hit streak to 10 games against the A’s on Saturday and was hitting .337 over his previous 26 games, raising his average 52 points to .255.
When Maybin twisted his knee on an awkward slide into second base 2 1/2 weeks ago, he was hitting .236, but his 25 steals were the fourth-highest total in baseball.
Revere, 29, was an everyday player who finished each season from 2012-15 hitting at least .294 before an oblique injury last season as a member of the Nationals led to a disappointing 2016 and the acceptance of a backup role with the Angels.
The last month is bringing back familiar feelings.
“Have I felt like my old self before I tore my oblique? Yes,” Revere said. “This year I had moments where it was there, but then something just clicked. Some hitters just need that moment where it clicks. You find that rhythm and confidence and you feel like you can hit any pitcher in the league.”
Shoemaker leaning toward surgery
Surgery appears imminent for Matt Shoemaker in the opinion of his manager.
The Angels starting pitcher has experienced symptoms of radial nerve compression in his forearm since his last start on June 14. His latest recurrence of the symptoms while throwing a bullpen on Friday may have been the last straw.
“He’s come to grips with the fact that he’ll have to have something done,” Scioscia said. “I’m not going to commit him to having (surgery), but in the conversations we’ve had…it seems like that’s where he’s leaning. I think he’s exhausted his other options. He’s tried everything to get where he needs to be and it’s just not happening right now.”
Shoemaker said on Friday he didn’t think the surgery would cost him…