Game 5: Padres-Angels …
Erick Aybar SS
Howie Kendrick 2B
Albert Pujols 1B
Torii Hunter RF
Vernon Wells LF
Bobby Abreu DH
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Chris Iannetta C
Peter Bourjos CF
SP: Ervin Santana (others: John Hellweg, Trevor Bell, Kevin Jepsen)
Some notes from this morning …
- Reliever Bobby Cassevah should be off a mound for the next couple of days. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said his arm is “a little behind,” but added: “It shouldn’t impact where he is at the end of spring.”
- Scioscia said Mark Trumbo (right foot) is “close.” He’ll run the bases today and do an aggressive fielding drill with some of the coaches. Trumbo targeted Saturday as the day he’d be in full game mode a couple days ago.
- Recovering slugger Kendrys Morales (left ankle) run the bases without bases earlier this morning and Scioscia said he got a “really good report.” The next step is for him to push off bases and make a turn.
- Mike Trout, who lost 10 pounds with his illness, is still a little ways away from getting in games but said he’s feeling good.
- Jerome Williams (left hamstring) needs to make at least four Spring Training starts in order to start the season in the rotation. The Angels don’t need a fifth starter until April 15, and Scoiscia is confident he’s got enough time if all goes according to plan, but the deadline is fast approaching. “There’s a definite line where he’s going to have to be out there pitching in a game,” Scioscia said, “but we’re not near it yet.”
- Maicer Izturis, Scioscia said, is nursing some tightness in his legs.
- The veteran guys who have not pitched yet — guys like Scott Downs, LaTroy Hawkins and Jason Isringhausen — should get in there by Monday.
- Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, C.J. Wilson, Santana, Albert Pujols and Torii Hunter are all on the cover of the Angels media guide.
Some Angels links from Thursday …
- Haren a model of consistency and health
- Haren, Hisanori Takahashi look sharp from the start
- Throwing motion critical for Hank Conger
- Near or far, Pujols wants to play
- Young Taylor Lindsey catches Scioscia’s eye
Some links from around the AL West …
- Transitioning closer Neftali Feliz made his first start, officially putting him in the rotation mix
- Top prospect Jarrod Parker also made his spring debut for the Athletics
- Second baseman Dustin Ackley homered for the Mariners
Udonis Haslem still confident in the clutch despite struggles. I know I trust him.