Opening Day lineup? Possibly …
Asked if his first lineup of Cactus League play will be the same as his Opening Day lineup, Angels manager Mike Scioscia just laughed. But it sure is possible, perhaps likely (except Jered Weaver would be starting, of course).
Here’s what it looks like …
Kole Calhoun, RF
Mike Trout, CF
Albert Pujols, 1B
Matt Joyce, LF
David Freese, 3B
Erick Aybar, SS
C.J. Cron, DH
Chris Iannetta, C
Josh Rutledge, 2B
SP: LH Hector Santiago
- Each player will get at least two at-bats, with Santiago — who has thrown like 25 bullpen sessions before this start — will go two or three innings.
- Jose Alvarez, Adam Wilk, Cory Rasmus, Trevor Gott and Jeremy McBryde are slated to pitch in this game, as well.
- Scioscia doesn’t think it’ll tough to get all the rotation candidates innings. They have a split-squad game on the 14th and a “B” game on the 19th.
- Garrett Richards will repeat the PFP drills he completed yesterday, and his next step could be throwing to hitters in live BP. That could be his final stage before making his Cactus League debut.
- The Angels still plan to fold Joyce into first base to see if he’s an option to play there part time.
- In case you missed it, I categorized each of the 63 players who were invited to Angels Spring Training here.