Don Baylor to keep up active role with Angels

Angels hitting coach Don Baylor plans to connect regularly with the team as he recovers at home from a broken femur suffered on Opening Day.  

Jayne Kamin-Oncea

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Angels hitting coach Don Baylor is still resting in a hospital after surgery to repair a broken left femur, but he plans on staying in daily communication with the team during his recovery period, manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday.

Scioscia visited with Baylor on Wednesday afternoon, and several players and coaches also dropped by UCI Medical Center before the Angels faced the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium.

Scioscia said the plan is for Baylor to connect regularly with the team as he recovers at home.

"Don is one tough guy," Scioscia said. "He’s anxious to get back and wants to contribute, but right now he’ll watch the games when we’re on the road and we’ll text and talk and see what options and opinions he has."

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Baylor, 64, suffered the injury before Monday’s season opener as he tried to catch the ceremonial first pitch from former Angel Vladimir Guerrero. He underwent surgery on Tuesday and could be out several months.

In the meantime, assistant hitting coach Dave Hansen will take over Baylor’s duties and will be assisted by minor league hitting instructor Paul Sorrento.

But the expectation is that Baylor will still play a role, even though he won’t be able to travel with the team or be at the ballpark.

"He’s a strong voice, and we really value his opinion," Scioscia said. "I’m sure there’s going to be some texting or some voice messages left with somebody on a daily basis. He’ll be connected."