KANSAS CITY -- Reliever Jose Arredondo continues to pitch well for Triple-A Salt Lake and the Angels are still searching for ways to stabilize the back end of their bullpen.

So it seems logical that Arredondo, who had a breakout season in 2008, could be joining the Angels' bullpen shortly.

"Jose needs to get his game together, maintain it, and if he gets it back, he's obviously a guy we're gonna need to take a look at," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before Tuesday's doubleheader against the Royals.

Arredondo, who is recovering from right elbow inflammation, has looked sharp in recent appearances. He's worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings in three outings in the last week.

The 25-year-old reliever has a 1.98 ERA in 10 appearances at Triple-A Salt Lake, allowing just two earned runs in 11 1/3 innings.

If he continues to pitch well, Arredondo could be the Angels' best in-house option to shore up the eighth-inning role.

Arredondo, who worked primarily as a seventh-inning specialist last season, was 10-2 with a 1.62 ERA in 52 appearances.

"He's making strides, but like we said, I don't know if it's a situation where we're looking day-to-day with anybody down there," Scioscia said.

The Angels have struggled at times to find a consistent setup man for closer Brian Fuentes. After losing Scot Shields to season-ending knee surgery, Scioscia has used a long list of pitchers in the seventh and eighth frames.

The club could still look to acquire a reliever from another organization, but at the very least, Arredondo's recent success is an encouraging sign.

"We have guys in-house that can fill those roles or fill those voids right now," Scioscia said. "Some of them are starting to pitch a little bit better. Some of them -- we're seeing some guys go a long way toward filling that. So Arredondo is certainly one of the guys in that mix."