Santana, Weaver may face Texas on short rest

Santana, Weaver may face Texas on short rest

Santana, Weaver may face Texas on short rest
ANAHEIM -- Dan Haren will be on the mound Friday as the Angels begin a pivotal three-game series in Texas against the American League West-leading Rangers.

As to who will be getting the ball come Saturday and Sunday, well, that's to be determined.

On Tuesday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia entertained the idea of having Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver pitch on three days' rest against the Rangers. The rotation's status is still in flux a day later, and Scioscia said the Halos' decision will hinge on a number of factors.

"It's going to be contingent on how they feel coming out of their starts and where they are," Scioscia said Wednesday.

Santana threw 115 pitches in eight innings in the Halos' walk-off 5-4 win over the White Sox on Tuesday, but Scioscia did not indicate that Santana's pitch count would prevent him from starting on Saturday.

"He had more in him last night," Scioscia said. "It's certainly something we're going to monitor in the next day or two."

Weaver allowed four hits in seven shutout innings in the Angels' 8-0 win on Wednesday. The comfortable lead allowed Scioscia to lift his ace after just 96 pitches.

"It sets us up for some options this weekend that we'll look at [Thursday] and make some decisions," Scioscia said after the game. "He probably could, even with a higher pitch count, still been an option for Sunday. We'll look at things [Thursday]."

Neither Santana nor Weaver have made a start on three days' rest in their career. Scioscia said that fact might play a factor in his decision if the Halos planned to drop to a four-man rotation for an extended period of time, but he said this would be a one-time deal.