While the Angels lineup is relatively stable among the nine everyday players, manager Mike Scioscia is still going to have some managing to do with how he uses the designated hitter spot.
Mark Trumbo was penciled in as the everyday DH, but Albert Pujols was the DH for two of the first three games under American League rules. (The Angels' first three games were in Cincinnati.) Pujols has said he prefers to play the field, and doesn't feel he needs DH days to rest, but in the first week of the season, he's been bothered by plantar fasciitis, so Scioscia put him at DH twice in a row.
"We're just trying to look at the bigger picture, moving him ahead week by week," Scioscia said. "We're a better team with him at first base, but right now, it's bothering him a little bit and we're trying to stay on top of it as much as we can."
Pujols said he understands why Scioscia wants him to DH.
"As long as I'm in the lineup and playing, that's what I want," Pujols said.
"If it's 150 games at DH, I'll do 150 games. That's not going to happen, but if that's what it is, it is. I feel good to play first base pretty much every day, but it doesn't hurt to get a day here or there as the DH."
Scioscia said he'd also use Josh Hamilton at DH occasionally.