Ortega was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Todd Cunningham was brought up in a corresponding move and will take over in left field Saturday. An 0-for-3 showing Friday lowered Ortega's batting line to .238/.273/.303 through 36 games. He figures to return at some point, but Ortega hasn't been able to hit or get on base enough to capitalize on his speed.
Ortega is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Pirates, Eric Kay of the Angles reports. Ortega will take a seat with left-hander Francisco Liriano on the mound for the Pirates. In his place, the Angels will start Shane Peterson. Ortega has started each of the past four contests and 13 of the last 14 games for the club.
Ortega is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros. With southpaw Dallas Keuchel taking the hill for the Astros, the left-handed batting Ortega will take a seat Saturday in favor of Shane Peterson. Ortega had started each of the last nine games and clocked three doubles in that span.
Ortega is in the lineup and batting eighth for Monday's game against the Rangers, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. Ortega will start as Kole Calhoun gets the day off for the first time this season. The Venezuelan i shitting .271/.311/.300 with six RBI, nine runs, and three stolen bases through 19 games.
Ortega is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's bout with the Dodgers, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports. Ortega was just recently called up after Daniel Nava (groin) headed back to the disabled list, and he'll get thrusted right into the fire. He'll likely be in a platoon with Shane Robinson in left field, so for Wednesday, Ortega will get the start and bat seventh with right-hander Mike Bolsinger on the bump for the Dodgers.
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