Scioscia to name Opening Day starter
Weaver expected to be tabbed for first game of season
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he expected to have an announcement on Thursday about his Opening Day pitcher. If it's anybody but Jered Weaver, it will be a stunning surprise.
Weaver emerged as the staff ace in John Lackey's early-season absence last year and had a career year. Scioscia feels all of his other four starters -- Joe Saunders, Ervin Santana, Joel Pineiro and Scott Kazmir -- have the ability to step into the No. 1 role as well.
"It sounds contradictory with Lackey gone," Scioscia said, "but this is the deepest rotation we've had since I've been here."
He's embarking on his 11th season as the club's field leader.
Angels feeling healthy as camp breaks
TEMPE, Ariz. -- With Reggie Willits (hamstring strain) and Maicer Izturis (mid-back strain) returning to action on Monday night against the White Sox, and Scott Kazmir (hamstring strain, shoulder tightness) back on the mound on Tuesday against the Brewers, the Angels have no injuries restraining them as they prepare to break camp on Thursday.
This is in stark contrast to last season, when three members of the club's projected rotation -- John Lackey, Ervin Santana and Kelvim Escobar -- opened the season on the disabled list. Vladimir Guerrero, Kevin Jepsen and Darren Oliver all went to the DL in April.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.