Angels scrap final starts for Santana, Weaver
Right-handers shut down with career highs in innings
ANAHEIM -- With the Angels officially out of playoff contention, manager Mike Scioscia decided to adjust his rotation for the last two games, shutting down Ervin Santana for Tuesday's start and Jered Weaver for Wednesday.
Tyler Chatwood started in place of Santana and Garrett Richards will take the hill instead of Weaver.
"In talking to both Ervin and 'Weav,' they have thrown a lot of innings and have done extremely well this year," Scioscia said. "It comes to a point where we would be stretching them for diminishing returns right now.
"If we had 10 games left, you would see these guys out there, but they are really on fumes and need to just take a back seat."
Trailing Justin Verlander for the American League ERA crown by 0.01 at 2.41, Weaver said he is all right with not pitching.
"I'm not into the individual goals and numbers. It is a team game," Weaver said. "The only way I would have gone back out there is if I would have been on 19 wins going for 20."
The right-hander would have needed just four outs to surpass Verlander.
"Oops," Weaver joked. "Should have thrown a couple more zeros up there."
Santana, who racked up a career-high 228 2/3 innings, finishes with an 11-12 record and a 3.38 ERA to go with the no-hitter he threw at Cleveland on July 27. Weaver concludes the season with an 18-8 mark and a career-high 235 2/3 innings.
"This is the best I've felt at the end of the season in my career," Weaver said. "It is a pretty good thing. I was happy the way I have felt physically at the end of the year."
Kendrick exits Halos game with sprained wrist
ANAHEIM -- Angels second baseman Howard Kendrick left Tuesday's game against the Rangers in the fifth inning with a sprained left wrist after diving for a ground ball.
Kendrick went to his right on a ball hit by David Murphy, and his glove hand rolled over as he slid on the grass.
An Angels trainer and manager Mike Scioscia immediately ran out to check on the second baseman as he winced in pain.
Kendrick was replaced at second by Alexi Amarista.
Manager Mike Scioscia said Kendrick will not play the season finale on Wednesday.
Kendrys in high spirits while visiting Halos
ANAHEIM -- Still recuperating from his second left ankle surgery, Kendrys Morales walked around the Angels' clubhouse and chatted with teammates before Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
"He is bouncing around much better than we anticipated. He is walking really well," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I don't know if it is any indication of where he will be in the spring, but he is very comfortable where his ankle is and where he will be in the future. It is good to see."
Morales still has not begun any type of baseball activity but is walking on a treadmill and lifting weights.
When Morales finally returns to the Halos, it'll be nearly two years since he played in a Major League game.
And while the Angels first baseman realizes it has been a long time since he's faced big league pitching, he plans on having at least 100 at-bats before the season starts.
"My goal is to be ready for the season, but I realize how long it has been since I played. I am just trying to get back to being 100 percent," Morales said through a translator.
Morales broke his ankle May 29, 2010, while jumping on home plate in a celebration of a walk-off home run.
"From the first surgery to this one, I already feel an improvement," Morales said. "The biggest process I have to go through now is mentally."
Quinn Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.