PHOENIX -- Having rejoined the Angels' organization as a special assistant to general manager Tony Reagins, Gary DiSarcina could have a future in a uniform again if he moves in that direction, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
"Gary has a very broad role in our organization," Scioscia said of the club's former shortstop, "but very specific things he's looking for. Some of the things he can bring to our younger players are focus and intensity. His expertise is infield, but he has a broad understanding of a lot of things it takes to develop championship-caliber players.
"There's no doubt his upside is as a manager. He's going to be very well represented and bring a philosophy in place. No doubt, where his career could lead is toward managing, if that's his wish. In talking to Gary, I think he's very comfortable pursuing that at some time."
Under Scioscia's stewardship, the Angels have had three coaches hired as managers in the Major Leagues: Joe Maddon by Tampa Bay, Bud Black by San Diego and Ron Roenicke by Milwaukee.
"When you have an organization as progressive as we are," Scioscia said, "that's the lure for an organization looking to grow."
Angels encouraged by Morales' progression
PHOENIX -- The way Angels manager Mike Scioscia sees it, Kendry Morales needs to appear in seven to 10 preseason games in order to be ready for the March 31 season opener at Kansas City.
For that to happen, Morales needs to be on the field in some fashion -- at first base or as the designated hitter -- in about two weeks.
"He's going to have to be in a game somewhere around the 19th, 20th, 21st [of March]," Scioscia said. "I don't think we're that far away from seeing him in a game."
Morales, recovering from surgery on his lower left leg, had a brief setback a few days ago with a high temperature, but he is back on his anti-gravity treadmill, getting close to full-body weight with the apparatus. He's at about 95 percent now after starting his program at 40 percent.
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"Once he clears this treadmill hurdle, he'll be close to running full tilt," Scioscia said. "He's already doing agility work, and he's been doing fielding drills and hitting. We're very encouraged that he'll be ready for the start of the season. We still feel that way."
With Morales sidelined, Mark Trumbo has been taking full advantage of his opportunity to show his talents at first base -- and with the bat.
Getting his first day off on Saturday after playing the first seven games, Trumbo leads the Angels with 13 total bases on two homers, two doubles and a single. He's hitting .278 with a .722 slugging percentage.
One of the premier sluggers in the Minor Leagues last year at Triple-A Salt Lake, Trumbo will begin to take some exposure to the outfield next week, Scioscia said, enhancing his versatility in his bid to crack the 25-man roster.
"Mark's trying to get comfortable in the batter's box," Scioscia said. "He's driven a couple of balls hard. At times, he's gotten himself out expanding the [strike] zone a little. He's made adjustments. He's got monster power.
"Mark came in knowing he's on the depth chart at first base. He's trying to make our team and carve out playing time. He's going to be fine on the defensive end."
Pineiro's sinker in midseason form vs. Brewers
PHOENIX -- Angels right-hander Joel Pineiro was in midseason form on Saturday at Maryvale Baseball Park, throwing biting sinkers down in the strike zone, getting ground balls and making it look much easier than it actually is.
"I was in a nice groove," Pineiro said, having delivered three scoreless innings against the Brewers in a 2-1 loss on the heels of two shutout innings in his Cactus League debut. "There were a lot of balls on the ground, and that's what I was looking for. I got the ball up a little in my first start, so this was more like it.
"I had a good bullpen today and was concentrating on keeping the ball down in the zone. There are no secrets with me; everyone knows I'm going to throw the sinker. Even the hits were on ground balls."
Pineiro, who hasn't lost in his past 25 preseason appearances dating to 2006, faced one batter over the minimum and yielded just two singles. Brandon Wood started a double play on Craig Counsell to finish the third inning, wrapping up Pineiro's efficient effort.
"As the game went on, his sinker got better," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "He threw some good sliders. J.P. looked good."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.