Big day for Joe Blanton? …

Joe BlantonMike Scioscia emerged from the clubhouse three hours before the Angels’ second split squad of the spring wearing gray pants.

Yep, he’s traveling.

Most of the starters are playing at home against the Brewers, including Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Hector Santiago (both lineups here). But Joe Blanton is starting in Surprise, Ariz, five days after giving up seven runs — and four mammoth homers, according to people who actually watched the road half of the Angels’ first split-squad game — in 3 1/3 innings against the Rockies.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Blanton is only one “minor” reason he’s traveling (most of the time the manager stays at home and sends other coaches). Some potential bench guys (Chad Tracy in left, J.B. Shuck in right, Grant Green at shortstop) are playing positions they’re still getting used to, and the game is against the division-rival Rangers.

“All of us can’t be in one spot all the time,” Scioscia said. “I want to get acclimated with some things.”

Asked how important this start is for Blanton, who’s owed $8.5 million and is without a role right now, Scioscia said: “Every time you’re out there, it’s a proving ground and you need to perform well. Joe, just like most pitchers in spring, your performance is not going to be your line score. Your performance is going to be the execution of pitches, the progress, things like that. In that regard, it’s critical for every pitcher, because we’re opening up in [19] days. Every pitcher really needs to get that performance locked down, and that performance isn’t their line score. It’s going to be just from a scouting perspective — are they making progress and are they executing their pitches.”

Alden

7 Comments

Really hope Blanton does us all a favor and remains overtly Blanton. We don’t need Scioscia making some decision on the slightest of glimmers of hope

Sosha talks alot without ever saying anything. He is a nice guy, a good man, but totally full of bullshit.

Learn to spell

Exactly. Scioscia is worthless. Going on 5 years of no playoff ball with that dipsh$t

You must be taking lessons from him

Let’s face it, Blanton will not be on the opening day roster!

Can we fire Scioscia Yet??? We got Donny Baylor

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