Calhoun is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Calhoun is batting just .212 over his past 30 games, so he'll head to the bench for the first time in five games. Ben Revere will enter the fold in the outfield to fill his void.
Calhoun will start in right field and bat sixth Sunday against the Mets, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. The lefty-hitting Calhoun is batting just .164 in May, and the Mets are bringing a southpaw to the hill in Tommy Milone, so Angels manager Mike Scioscia decided it was best to drop the slumping outfielder in the order, at least on a temporary basis. Andrelton Simmons will move into the No. 2 spot that Calhoun had previously been occupying.
Calhoun is not in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox. Calhoun has collected just three hits over the last eight games and struck out 13 times in 30 at-bats over that span, so he'll head to the bench to clear his head Wednesday. Cameron Maybin will slide over to right field for the game, allowing Ben Revere to start in left field.
Calhoun went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Monday's 5-3 win over the White Sox. It was a much-needed long ball for Calhoun, who came into the game with just two hits in his previous six contests. It was his fifth home run of the season, but he's still slashing just .226/.298/.355. That said, with Yunel Escobar (hamstring) on the disabled list, Calhoun could flourish in the leadoff spot hitting ahead of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.
Calhoun was moved down to fifth in the batting order Friday, going 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run in a win over the Tigers. Manager Mike Scioscia wanted to shake up his lineup in order to spark a slumping offense, and it worked Friday. Moving out of a favorable spot in front of Mike Trout will result in tougher at-bats for Calhoun, but it could also lead to increased RBI opportunities. A change in the lineup could also help spark the veteran's slumping bat. He is slashing just .236/.308/.354 through 37 games.
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