TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels open Cactus League play Saturday with split-squad games, to the displeasure of Manager Mike Scioscia.
"A split-squad the first day is absurd," Scioscia said. "It just makes no sense."
With 15 teams in the Cactus League, at least one split-squad game must be scheduled each day in order for every team to play. That is imperative on weekends, when games attract the largest crowds.
From an on-field standpoint, Scioscia said he would prefer a day off, even if the Angels had to open their schedule one day earlier. The situation is exacerbated this spring, when camps opened one week earlier because of the World Baseball Classic.
The Angels are holding back their regular starting pitchers so they can prepare on a normal spring schedule, and all the minor leaguers have not yet reported to camp, so Scioscia is concerned about the domino effect of two games Saturday on the pitching staff.