Navarro is expecting a call-up to replace Andrelton Simmons (thumb) on the Angel's 25-man roster, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Navarro has only 10 MLB games under his belt but will have the chance for extended time on the 25-man roster with Simmons expected to miss a good portion of time off the diamond. That said, Navarro has a lackluster slash line of .253/.278/.333 over 93 plate appearances with Triple-A Salt Lake in 2016.
Navarro was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. The Angels made their final roster trim down in advance of Opening Day on Saturday, optioning Navarro and others down to Triple-A. Navarro had a decent spring with a .257 batting average to go with two doubles and eight RBI, but his inability to get on base (.263 OBP) was problematic. He'll start the year in the infield at Salt Lake.
Navarro is part of an open competition for the Angels' starting second base job this spring, the Orange County Register reports. With minor league options remaining, Navarro seems likely to get a taste of Triple-A Salt Lake to begin the season. Johnny Giavotella is the favorite to open 2016 as the starter, but Navarro will have a chance to compete with Cliff Pennington and Gregorio Petit for the job. Navarro posted a .261/.310/.372 line with six homers and four steals in 89 games at Triple-A Norfolk as a 25-year-old last season.
Navarro was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Wednesday. Navarro appeared in just 10 games with the Orioles last season, collecting eight hits in 29 at-bats and driving in three runs. According to The Orange County Register, Navarro does have option years remaining, meaning that he'll likely start the year at Triple-A.
The Orioles announced on Sunday that they have reinstated pitcher Bud Norris from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding roster move, the Orioles optioned infielder Rey Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk. Norris will start on Sunday for the first time since May 10. He was placed on the disabled list after dealing with bronchitis.