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Angels Official Website: Angels Notes: Mike Scioscia says he won’t be saving Cam Bedrosian for the 9th

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ANAHEIM — Cam Bedrosian may not be the Angels’ “closer,” but Mike Scioscia conceded that he “has the opportunity to be that lead dog in that group.”

A night after Scioscia gave a hint that he may be employing some unconventional bullpen management, he reiterated that Bedrosian is not going to be limited to the ninth inning.

“We’ll use him in those high leverage situations later in the game, whether it’s a save situation or not,” Scioscia said before Saturday’s game.

On Friday night, Bedrosian was warming up in the seventh inning with the Angels up 3-1. Scioscia said he was going to pitch the eighth against the heart of the Seattle lineup. But the Angels then tacked on two more runs, so Bedrosian ended up not pitching at all.

Many analysts believe that traditional bullpen usage — with the best reliever being limited to the ninth — is not the most effective, because sometimes the situation that calls for your best reliever is in the seventh or the eighth. Critics of that strategy — Huston Street, for one — say it’s more difficult for pitchers to prepare themselves, and they will end up being overworked, if they need to get loose more often.

On Friday night, Bedrosian warmed up and never came into the game, whereas he’d have never warmed up if Scioscia had planned to save him for the ninth.


Albert Pujols had just one hit in his first 20 at-bats, heading into Saturday’s game. The Angels have gotten used to that. Pujols had a .222 average in April since signing with the Angels.

“Albert, I think in most seasons, has taken some at-bats to get into his game,” Scioscia said. “I think he swung the bat so well in the spring, but coming out and starting the season is different for players. Albert is historically a little slower starter. It doesn’t take him very long and when he does, it stays there for a long time. We’re very confident that this is going to take some at-bats for Albert to do what we know he can do.”


Tyler Skaggs will start Tuesday, which would have been Garrett Richards’ turn, followed by Jesse Chavez and Ricky Nolasco against the Texas Rangers, and then Matt Shoemaker on Friday night in Kansas City. All four starters will have the normal four days rest. The Angels will need another starter on Saturday, filling in for Richards. Yusemeiro Petit is a likely candidate if the Angels don’t need to use too many relievers in the days leading up to Saturday’s game. Otherwise they could call up someone like Alex Meyer from Triple-A. Richards, who is out with biceps strain, is eligible to come off the disabled list next Sunday…

Andrelton Simmons, who had hit .421 (8 for 19) in the first five games, was moved up to the No. 5 spot on Saturday…

Jefry Marte started at first instead of C.J. Cron. Scioscia indicated he will go with the hot hand between those two: “We’ll see who becomes more productive.”

Contact the writer: jlfletcher@scng.com

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