No shortage of DH options for Angels

No shortage of DH options for Angels

ANAHEIM -- With Vladimir Guerrero on the 15-day disabled list, the door to who serves as the Angels' designated hitter during that time is wide open.

"I think we are going to get creative with some of our lineups and mix and match," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We have a lot of versatility with some of the things we can do."

Saturday's game will air on FOX, with Dick Stockton and Eric Karros in the booth doing play-by-play and commentary.

In Friday night's 10-6 win over the Yankees, the first game with Guerrero on the DL, Scioscia penciled in catcher Mike Napoli at DH.

In 10 games at DH this year, Napoli is swinging a hot bat, hitting .486 (18-for-37). He also has five doubles, one home run and five RBIs.

Using second baseman Howard Kendrick and recently recalled infielder Brandon Wood as the DH may also be an option.

Scioscia has already started Kendrick at DH one time this season, and with Scioscia mixing and matching Erick Aybar, Maicer Izturis and Kendrick between second base and shortstop, the likelihood of getting all three into the lineup could be appealing.

Wood, who was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday after batting .313 with 17 home runs and 52 RBIs, is also another option being considered.

"Brandon will be a guy that can get at-bats at possibly three infield spots and even DH," Scioscia said. "We will see how things evolve and what can be productive."

Scioscia has even said that he would consider putting third baseman Chone Figgins in the DH role from time to time to give the speedster's legs a rest.

Yet, with the heart of the Angels order out of the lineup -- Torii Hunter joined Guerrero on the DL Friday -- Scioscia knows he is going to have to play the situation by ear and see how it develops.

"We are not going to be as deep in the lineup with those two guys out, and we know that," Scioscia said. "But by the same token, we feel that we have the ability to go out there and score the runs to win."

Pitching matchup
LAA: RHP Jered Weaver (9-3, 3.15 ERA)
In his last start, Weaver was back in prime-time form, going seven innings against the Rangers and yielding four runs (three earned) while striking out nine at home on Monday night. He overcame a rocky start, giving up two first-inning runs, to settle into a groove and hold Texas to two hits and a walk from the second through the sixth innings. Weaver is 3-1 with a 6.11 ERA in five career starts against the Yankees.

NYY: LHP Andy Pettitte (8-4, 4.53 ERA)
Pettitte said he had his best stuff of the season in his last start, on Monday, but the results did not show it. The left-hander surrendered six runs in six innings and was plagued by five walks in a loss to the Blue Jays. It has been an inconsistent year for Pettitte, who has looked brilliant at times and struggled at others. One constant is that Pettitte has had uncharacteristically poor command -- something he is trying to fix moving into the season's second half.

RHP Shane Loux was recalled from Triple-A on Friday, with righty Rich Thompson optioned to Salt Lake. ... Righty Sean O'Sullivan, making his first start for the Triple-A Bees since pitching for the Angels, allowed six runs on five hits, including three home runs, on Friday before being ejected for hitting a batter in the fourth inning. ... The Nick Adenhart Fund recently made two donations to youth baseball leagues in Pennsylvania in which Adenhart participated. ... Right-hander Kelvim Escobar, who was present for the Angels' win on Friday, said he remains confident in his ability to pitch this season after suffering from a right shoulder injury that has kept him on the DL much of the year. ... Gary Matthews Jr. collected his 1,000th hit on Friday on an RBI single in the second inning. ... Kendry Morales extended his hitting streak on Friday to 14 games, a new career high.

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Up next
• Sunday: Angels (John Lackey, 3-4, 5.18) vs. Yankees (CC Sabathia, 8-5, 3.70), 12:35 p.m. PT
• Monday: Off-day
• Tuesday: Off-day

Quinn Roberts is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.