Game 27: Royals-Angels …
Also pitching: Scott Downs, Jason Isringhausen, Jordan Walden
Some notes from this morning …
- Francisco Rodriguez was sent down to Minor League camp. Here’s what Mike Scioscia said of the decision: “In some ways, his stuff really plays in the big leagues. He’s got a terrific arm. I think he has a better understanding of what he needs to do, as far as what his stuff is and how he’s going to get hitters out. Hopefully, he’s going to progress with that on the other side and become the consistent Major League pitcher he can because his stuff – if you grade out his stuff, and he’s shown glimpses of it in the big leagues at times, there’s no doubt he can be part of a championship-caliber bullpen.”
- Bobby Abreu had what Scioscia called a mental day off and is going to go down to Minor League camp to work on some things.
- Mark Trumbo‘s ceiling at third base may no longer be 40 days. It seems to keep growing. As for what that means for Alberto Callaspo and Maicer Izturis: “They’re going to get their at-bats,” Scioscia stresses. … “I think we’re comfortable we’re going to give them enough to contribute. Maybe not what they’ve gotten in the past … but these guys are going to play enough to contribute, that’s for sure. Nobody’s going to sit on our bench for 10 days.”
- After today, we’ll find out if Isringhausen is making the team or going home. The Angels have to pay him $100,000 to keep him on the roster tomorrow.
Some links from Wednesday …
- Angels stack talent behind Mike Trout in farm system
- Isringhausen faces last stand: “Pitch well or go home”
- Dan Haren working through spring bout of dead arm
- Weary Morales takes breather to recharge
- Relievers Bobby Cassevah, Michael Kohn likely to start season on DL
Some AL West links …
- It’s official: Alexi Ogando is headed to the Rangers’ bullpen
- Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan proposed to his girlfriend in Japan
- And Yoenis Cespedes homered as the A’s split their two Far East games
And the Heat have a big game against the Mavericks tonight. But right now, they’re more worried about themselves.