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Angels' Mike Scioscia to begin reassigning players to minor league after Sunday's games

The Angels have more than 60 players still in training camp and are having trouble finding playing time for them all. Scioscia says as many as 20 guys could be cut.

March 12, 2011|By Kevin Baxter
  • Angels Manager Mike Scioscia signs autographs before Saturday's spring training game against Cleveland.
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia signs autographs before Saturday's… (Chris Carlson / Associated…)

Reporting from Goodyear, Ariz. — With more than 60 players still in camp, the Angels are having trouble finding playing time for everyone. So Manager Mike Scioscia said he'll begin reassigning players to the team's adjacent minor league facility after Sunday's split-squad exhibitions against Seattle and Cincinnati.

A second round of cuts will come after Monday's "B" squad game with Colorado.

"We'll have some movement with pitchers, position players," Scioscia said. "Might be as much as 20 guys going down."

Players already assigned to the Angels' minor league spring training camp hold their first workout Sunday and begin playing their own exhibition games Thursday.

Bourjos sidelined

Peter Bourjos, expected to be the Angels' opening day center fielder, was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup with what was originally called groin tightness. But after an examination, team orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum said the problem was in Bourjos' right hip. The outfielder's status is listed as day to day.

"It's something he's played with for a while, for a couple of years," Scioscia said. "So we anticipate he's OK."

Reggie Willits, Bourjos' replacement in center field in Saturday's exhibition against the Cleveland Indians, also came up lame after experiencing left-calf tightness trying to beat out an infield hit in the fifth inning.

Arms limitations

Infielder Alberto Callaspo was expected to play in the field this weekend, but that has been pushed back until at least the middle of next week.

Callaspo reported to spring training with what has been called a sore shoulder, one he reportedly developed playing winter ball in his native Venezuela. He began a throwing program early last week and Scioscia said he was making progress, but the comeback has stalled in recent days.

"He's fine. There's no rush," Scioscia said. "He's been getting his at-bats. He's been doing his defense. He just hasn't been throwing."

Callaspo, who went one for four as the Angels' designated hitter Saturday, is hitting .308 in seven games this spring.

Meanwhile right-hander Dan Haren, who became the first Angels pitcher to go five innings this spring, became the latest member of the staff to enter the "dead-arm" period.

A spring training staple, "dead arm" is a stage most pitchers go through in March as they try to build up strength. Angels teammates Jered Weaver and Scott Kazmir are also dealing with dead-arm issues.

"I don't know what it is exactly. Every spring it happens," said Haren, who threw approximately 50 pitches in the game and another 10 in the bullpen Saturday. "I'm pretty sure everyone goes through it.

"You don't quite get as much whip on the ball as you usually do. There's a certain sound you hear when you throw a ball well. And you kind of just don't hear that sound. It's weird. Nothing hurts. It's almost like you can't get loose. Once you get built up to 100 pitches, you're throwing 100, 103 pretty much every time; it's fine."

kevin.baxter@latimes.com

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