Despite his potent bat, Mike Napoli has long struggled to find consistent playing time with the Angels. Now, although out of position, it seems he's going to get a chance to prove himself at first base.
Catcher Jeff Mathis was scheduled to play for triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday and Friday night before being activated off the disabled list either Saturday or Sunday against the Dodgers.
His return from a broken right wrist will probably push catcher Mike Napoli, who has started five games at first since Morales was hurt, into more of an everyday first-base role.
Tony Reagins and the Angels have not ruled out the possibility of making a trade, but they'll give Napoli an extended opportunity before they start to look outside the organization.