GLENDALE, Ariz. -- On Friday, at last, Angels manager Mike Scioscia will begin trotting out his starting rotation for Cactus League contests, starting with Jered Weaver against the Dodgers at Tempe Diablo Stadium, then followed respectively with starts by C.J. Wilson, Joe Blanton, Jason Vargas and Tommy Hanson.
The 35 pitchers who have taken the mound for the Angels this spring have compiled an 8.06 ERA in 60 1/3 innings, but only one of them -- Jerome Williams -- seemingly has a guaranteed spot on the Opening Day roster.
Seventeen days and seven Cactus League games have elapsed from the start of camp to the first time an Angels starting pitcher will make an appearance.
"This first week of games, really, we got a look at a lot of guys, and we'll continue to get looks at them -- a lot of them younger players, a lot of them veterans trying to earn a spot," Scioscia said. "The core players, as we start to fold them into the lineup, we're anxious to get them on the field, move their playing shape forward and find that on-field chemistry."