09/29/10 9:58 PM ET
Weaver, Haren poised for final starts
By Evan Drellich / MLB.com
Weaver has thrown a career-high 217 1/3 innings, and Haren is one-third of an inning away from matching his career high of 229 1/3. It would be hard to see Weaver sitting out, though, with a chance at the Major League strikeout crown potentially hanging in the balance.
It's possible one or both pitchers could make their starts, with a tighter than usual pitch count.
"We have other options, but we're not going to rule out these guys starting," Scioscia said. "We might start them and have them on a limited basis ... there's a lot of different options we have, but we do have arms in the bullpen that can piece together games. So you might have a bullpen day."
Weaver is scheduled to pitch Friday and Haren is scheduled to start the last game of the season Sunday. Both games are in Texas.
Ervin Santana, Saturday's scheduled starter, is in similar territory, 2 2/3 innings away from his career high of 219.
Trumbo makes first outfield start
ANAHEIM -- Mark Trumbo has seen limited playing time since he arrived in the Majors as a September callup, going 0-for-10 in six games.
A first baseman by trade, Trumbo made his first start in the outfield in Wednesday's 2-1, 11-inning victory over the A's in the final game at Angel Stadium of the season.
Trumbo was 0-for-1 with one walk, one strikeout and scored the Angels' first run.
With four games remaining, manager Mike Scioscia said that there's nothing Trumbo can do before the end of season to impact his thinking, because they felt they knew who he was going into September.
Trumbo, 24, hit more home runs at one level than any other Minor Leaguer in 2010: 36, for Triple-A Salt Lake.
"I don't think anything would show, whether a guy was playing for this last month or a guy was playing for this whole week," Scioscia said. "With young guys, if they get the opportunity you take a leap of faith on what you think their production would be ... It's too early to speculate what our team's going to do next year, but I do know what a lot of our guys did in Triple-A to put them on our depth chart."
The Angels missed on their projection of Brandon Wood this season, but Scioscia said that doesn't deter them from potentially giving a chance to Trumbo and other young players, nor does it mean Wood won't develop.
"I think even the best evaluators in the world and the organizations that do the best evaluating are not going to be on the money every time," Scioscia said. "That's why you need to have a constant idea of what your depth chart is ... obviously Brandon was a guy we envisioned contributing more."
Scouting director Bane, Angels part ways
ANAHEIM -- The Angels shook up their scouting department Wednesday afternoon as the team wrapped up its last home game of 2010.
The club parted way with eighth-year director of scouting Eddie Bane and three scouts: Jim Bryant, Jeff Scholzen and Bart Braun Jr.
Bane, 58, had been with the Angels scouting director since October of 2003. Jered Weaver, Kendry Morales and Hank Conger are among the players he was responsible for bringing to the organization. His replacement has not yet been announced.
Bane interviewed to become the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks this month but did not land the position. He was a special assistant to former Tampa Bay general manager Chuck Lamar for two years before joining the Angels.
Bryant was responsible for scouting Arkansas, Western Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Scholzen covered Utah, Colorado and Southern Nevada, and Braun Jr. covered South Florida.
Angels general manager Tony Reagins was not available for comment.
"As a matter of policy, we don't comment on internal personnel decisions," vice president for communications Tim Mead said.
Scholzen was the scout who signed Brandon Wood in 2003. After Wednesday's 2-1, 11-inning win over the A's, Wood returned to his locker to find a missed call from Scholzen.
"He's a great guy," Wood said. "He knows baseball. In 2003 he came to my house and helped me signed my paperwork and had a lot of visits with me when I was in high school. He's the reason that I'm here today. It's real disappointing."
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.