Halos' rocky spring doesn't faze Scioscia
As injured players return, Angels will regain chemistry
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Spring Training hasn't exactly gone as expected for the Angels this year.
They've dealt with a rash of minor injuries to regulars such as Torii Hunter, Howard Kendrick, Bobby Abreu and Erick Aybar en route to a Cactus League-worst 2-8-2 record entering Tuesday's game against the Padres.
But Angels manager Mike Scioscia isn't concerned at all because his team should be at full strength for the start of the regular season and he doesn't put much stock into Spring Training records.
"Any time you're on the field you want to win a game, but there are certain things that happen in Spring Training that can move you forward and you feel like it's a win," Scioscia said. "I think there are a lot of things that are positive that you take out of these games."
Currently, Abreu and Aybar are the only projected starting position players being held out of the lineup due to injury while backup outfielder Reggie Willits is currently nursing a strained hamstring but is expected to return to action in about a week.
Abreu, who is battling a strained oblique, and Aybar, who has a sore right arm, are also scheduled to return as early as Friday to complete the Angels' expected starting lineup.
Aybar is also expected to be the club's designated hitter in Wednesday's game against the D-backs before returning to his shortstop position on Friday.
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Scioscia's hope is that he can get his expected starting lineup healthy for the last week or so of Spring Training so that his team heads into the regular season with some offensive continuity.
"Looking at the schedule, if we can get our guys to play a solid week or 10 days I know we'll see some continuity form," Scioscia said. "You're talking about at least 30 at-bats for each player, so we'll see some continuity form, like offensive chemistry."
As for the starting rotation, all five starters are on track to be healthy to open the regular season, and the bullpen got a boost when right-handers Kevin Jepsen and Fernando Rodney made their debuts on Monday and felt good on Tuesday.
"Everybody came out with the stiffness you'd expect from Spring Training but had absolutely nothing to do with some of the things the guys were dealing with," Scioscia said. "They feel good and feel strong."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.