DETROIT -- Thus far manager, Mike Scioscia has had to rely on setup men Fernando Rodney and Kevin Jepsen quite a bit, particularly in games that the Angels have won. Through Saturday, Jepsen had pitched in 14 games and Rodney 13, with Jepsen leading the American League with seven holds. Rodney, meanwhile, is limiting opponents to a .122 batting average.
"We haven't been able to give a lot of those guys a breather this year and both guys have pitched a lot," Scioscia said.
That has led the Angels' coaching staff to conclude that both Jepsen and Rodney are likely going to pitch just one inning at a time. It is possible from time to time that the one or both pitchers could go more than an inning, but it would likely be before or after off-days, or during circumstances of very low pitch counts. Even then, Scioscia would prefer to let his two setup men concentrate on just getting three outs.
"Last year, we had [Jepsen] stay in there now and then to get a fourth out, and at times he didn't seem quite as crisp in that second inning," Scioscia said. "They haven't thrown a high number of pitches yet this season, but [their high number of appearances] is something that we do have to watch."