ANAHEIM -- Early Thursday afternoon, after lasting only 2 2/3 innings in a critical start against the Rangers the night before, C.J. Wilson met with manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher in what was at least their second closed-door strategy session of the season.
Wilson, 12-10 with a 3.82 ERA on the year, will remain in the rotation.
"It's just a strategy meeting of just trying to get him to get his best stuff out on the field," said Scioscia, who didn't want to go into much greater detail than that. "We have a lot of confidence in what he can do. We just want to maybe refine some simple things."
The Angels had a similar meeting with Wilson in Chicago on Aug. 3, one day after he gave up eight runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Rangers. On Wednesday night, his next appearance against his former team, Wilson walked the bases loaded in the first inning, gave up three runs in the third and finished throwing 31 of his 66 pitches for balls.
Afterward, Wilson said he "wasn't happy" to get taken out of the game so early. "But I wasn't doing well, either," he added, "so it's my own fault."
The 31-year-old left-hander has struggled mightily in his last two meetings against Texas, giving up a combined 11 runs on 14 hits and six walks in eight innings. But, as Wilson said, "my biggest issue hasn't been particular hitters or anything like that, it's more that I'm my own worst enemy."
And Wilson's biggest personal issue usually boils down to over-thinking things.
"He's pitched some great baseball, and part of what his talent is is being able to do so much with the baseball," Scioscia said. "Hopefully, he's going to get comfortable and get back to that. I don't want to go into too much detail. But we can't overstate how much we need our starters to do what they're capable of."