Scioscia seems settled on rotation vs. Rangers

Scioscia seems settled on rotation vs. Rangers

KANSAS CITY -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia has a somewhat clearer picture of what his starting rotation could look like for next week's series against the Rangers.

Careful to use phrases like "looking at" and "penciled in," Scioscia gave tentative pitching probables of Jered Weaver for Tuesday's series opener, followed by C.J. Wilson and Zack Greinke.

Monday's off-day could have been used to give everyone an extra day of rest, but it looks like Weaver, Wilson and Greinke will all pitch on regular rest. Ervin Santana, whose spot in the rotation is due up after the series in Kansas City, will likely be rescheduled after taking a ball off the forearm in his last outing.

"Ervin just got smoked on the forearm, with which you might want to take a couple more days. You might want to take advantage of that," Scioscia said. "But Ervin's pitching well, too. We need five guys pitching well.

"Some setback a little bit as far as when he's going to throw his 'pen and everything, but that's not the determining factor. It's part of it."

Scioscia said that Santana will probably throw a couple of light bullpen sessions between now and his next start, starting with one this weekend.

"All five guys are going to pitch. This next series is not really a series of matchups. We're putting guys out there that we think are pitching well," Scioscia said. "We'll look ahead to see how things are lining up during the end of our homestand, and then we go on the road. Right now, I think those three guys are guys we want to get out there."