KANSAS CITY -- Welcome to the 500 Club, Bobby Abreu.
With one out in the first, Abreu ripped a ball to left-center for his 500th career double in Wednesday's game against the Royals.
Only four active players have amassed 500 doubles. They are: Ivan Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Garret Anderson and Todd Helton. Ken Griffey Jr. was also on that list before announcing his retirement on Wednesday.
Bullpen finally seems to be hitting its stride
KANSAS CITY -- After struggling earlier this season, the Angels' bullpen has settled into a nice groove.
With the callup of Francisco Rodriguez, who has allowed just one hit in his three appearances, the 'pen is running on all cylinders.
Manager Mike Scioscia credits part of the resurgence to a boost in starting pitching. With the starters going deeper into games, the bullpen isn't being overworked, as it had been earlier this season.
"As we get that better starting pitching -- which we're starting to see -- I think we'll start to see that bullpen start to go on some rolls and maybe not have to be ridden as hard as they have at some points," Scioscia said.
Scioscia added that as the 'pen gains more confidence, the numbers will follow.
"I think we'll see that production," the skipper said. "They're settling in, and a guy like Francisco Rodriguez comes in and gives us that big lift ... I think we're getting some roles a little better defined for some guys that have been wandering a little bit trying to find themselves, and that's a good step to take."
Scioscia may perform lineup juggling act
KANSAS CITY -- The Angels' batting order is far from set in stone -- and manager Mike Scioscia is just fine with that.
With the loss of Kendry Morales to a leg injury, Scioscia now has the opportunity -- perhaps a minor blessing in disguise -- to shuffle his lineup. Scioscia indicated he plans to take full advantage of that opportunity.
"There are a lot of different lineups that we have to look at to get creative," Scioscia said. "This lends itself to be a deep lineup when guys are swinging the bats like they can. Hopefully, we're going to be moving towards that."
Scioscia pointed to Howard Kendrick and Mike Napoli's recent bursts of production, which have given him the confidence to mix up his order.
"That's a nice question to talk about, because too often, we're just trying to fill some holes," Scioscia said. "Now, we have some guys swinging the bats well."
Entering Wednesday's game against the Royals, Kendrick had seven RBIs in his last three games and recorded his second career multihomer game on Sunday against Seattle. Napoli is coming off a hot month of May where he batted .322 with eight homers and 17 RBIs.
All in all, Scioscia doesn't care if he has a different lineup every night -- as long as the nine guys in that order are hitting.
"You prefer production and you do what you have to do," Scioscia said. "If we have nine guys that are swinging the bat great, and a lineup that's solid and has chemistry -- that's the tempo you try to get. But this year a lot has happened where we've had to move off of that a lot of times. I don't know if you ever just stay with one lineup. You do what you have to do to get production."
Rivera day-to-day with foot injury
KANSAS CITY -- Juan Rivera was forced to leave Wednesday's game after fouling a ball off his foot during a first-inning at-bat. He was replaced by Reggie Willits.
Rivera remained in the game until after the fourth inning, in which he hit an RBI double.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Rivera is day-to-day.
"He took a foul ball right off his toe and it's pretty sore now," Scioscia said. "He had X-rays and we'll just see how this thing lines up. The X-rays, from what I heard, we're inconclusive. So we'll see in a couple of days."
Stokes healthier, working on mechanics
KANSAS CITY -- As reliever Brian Stokes works through his rehab assignment to recover from right shoulder fatigue, his stint in the Minors is two-fold.
Manager Mike Scioscia explained that a flaw in Stokes' delivery could have contributed to his injury.
"Health-wise, he's doing much better," Scioscia said, "but I think some of the things he was doing on his delivery was putting a little bit of a strain on his arm and he's trying to work through some things."
Even though he is healthy now, Stokes will spend some more time in the minors to correct those issues before rejoining the club.
"Stokes pitched [Monday night], he's finding more consistency with his delivery, which is a good sign, but he needs some work down there," Scioscia said.
In 15 appearances for the Angels this season, Stokes has a 7.31 ERA, with 16 walks and 15 strikeouts.
Napoli's worth showing with injuries
KANSAS CITY -- With first baseman Kendry Morales and catcher Jeff Mathis both on the disabled list, Mike Napoli's value has never been greater.
Napoli, who can proficiently play both catcher and first base, got the start at first for just the second time in his career Wednesday night against the Royals.
Even though it was only his second start at first, manager Mike Scioscia isn't lacking confidence in the 28-year-old utility player.
"He's played first base a lot in the Minor Leagues," Scioscia said. "I think he is getting acclimated to it. He's athletic enough and has good hands, so he'll be adequate down there for sure."
Scioscia spoke of the value Napoli brings to the Angels -- not only now with injuries in their lineup.
"He's one of the reasons why we feel we're going to have a deep lineup once we start to get some continuity and guys start playing to their capabilities," Scioscia said. "He's always been important and he will continue to be important to us."
Samuel Zuba is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.