SEATTLE -- The Angels are taking Thursdays off this month. That might allow them to be more creative with their rotation. In what appears to be a quirky element in their schedule, the Angels do not play a Thursday game in June. Manager Mike Scioscia is looking for ways to use a six-game week to his team's advantage. "We're going to look at some things. There are some things to consider in our rotation," he said. "We have a young pitcher in Tyler Chatwood. That gives us a little chance to monitor some of his starts if you push him back and let him catch a breath."
Chatwood had started 13 games, just one fewer than the other veterans in the rotation. He has thrown 75 innings. Pushing him back or even skipping a start could keep him sharp and hold him to a reasonable number of innings by season's end. "Tyler is doing what you expect from a young pitcher who is not the finished product," Scioscia said. "Some games he's on a learning curve. Some games he's making pitches and gives us a good chance to win the game." He said if the club decides to use the off-day to provide extra rest, "that is something that could help our veteran pitchers also. We're looking at a couple things. We need those five guys to continue to give us a chance to win. We'll do what's best for the whole rotation."