TEMPE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Trevor Bell is slated to start the Angels' Cactus League opener Saturday against the Dodgers in Tempe Diablo Stadium. The 24-year-old Valley native, who spent three months with the club last season and went 2-5 in 25 appearances, drew the assignment to keep members of the projected starting rotation on their schedules. "This will keep everyone where they need to be," said manager Mike Scioscia. "We'll give them all enough prep time leading up to their first outings. A couple of the pitchers will have seven outings, most will have six, but they'll all definitely be where they need to be when we open the season." Bell is scheduled to be followed to the mound by Michael Kohn, Anthony Ortega, Matt Meyer, Eric Junge and Garrett Richards.
But will it be the mound in Tempe Diablo Stadium, or in a bullpen? Rainstorms, in addition to dipping temperatures, are forecast for the weekend. If bad weather is to come, let it come now, Scioscia implied. "The main concern with rain is pitchers getting their work. Early on, we can simulate what they need to do here," Scioscia said. "Later, it becomes more of a chore because of a [pitchers'] schedule that has to be kept. There is enough flexibility in [pitching coach Mike Butcher's] planning to absorb a guy not getting his full workout in one time."