CHICAGO -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia would not commit to young Hank Conger as his No. 1 catcher on Saturday, even though Conger was in the starting lineup for the third game in a row.
"It's something we're looking at," Scioscia said, refusing to pin a label on any of his catchers.
This leaves veterans Jeff Mathis and Bobby Wilson on the outside looking in, wondering where they stand. Mathis -- seemingly the No. 1 catcher coming into the season after a strong spring -- spent some time in Scioscia's office on Saturday morning. Wilson shrugged and said, "I'll just play when I get a chance and see what happens."
Conger's sixth start, against Chicago's Gavin Floyd with young Tyler Chatwood making his second career start, brought him even with Mathis. Wilson has started twice.
"Right now, catching is something we're paying attention to," Scioscia said. "Hank, defensively, is doing a nice job. He has the ability to swing the bat. Those [three straight starts] are more off matchups. From what we've seen, we definitely like Hank in the battter's box. If he doesn't do the job behind the plate, it'd be a moot point."
Conger entered Saturday batting .235 with a .350 on-base percentage and .412 slugging mark. Mathis' slash line is .192/.185/.423, while Wilson is at .143/.143/.143. Conger had 20 plate appearances, Mathis 26 and Wilson seven.
"Jeff wants to play, and we respect that," Scioscia said when asked about his closed-door meeting with the most experienced of the three catchers. "We also know how important it is to give Hank a look. With Peter Bourjos in center, there are some things we need to keep looking at.
"Right now, there's some competition behind the plate."
It appears likely the club will keep all three receivers, knowing how vulnerable catchers are to injury and that the organization's prospects aren't ready.
"We have three receivers who are Major League players on our roster," Scioscia said. "It might be a look we have to keep moving forward."In Saturday's 7-2 victory, Conger went 2-for-4 with a homer, double and three RBIs. His three-run homer in the sixth inning gave the Angels a 6-1 cushion.
Izturis in DH role, Wood at shortstop
CHICAGO -- Mike Scioscia clearly likes the look and production of the top third of his lineup. Maicer Izturis, Howard Kendrick and Bobby Abreu have been his most consistently productive weapons, and the Angels manager kept them intact on Saturday against Chicago's Gavin Floyd while giving Izturis a day off in the field.
Brandon Wood was given a start at shortstop, batting ninth. Out of the lineup was center fielder Peter Bourjos, with Abreu in left, Vernon Wells in center and Torii Hunter in right behind young pitcher Tyler Chatwood.
"Pete's been struggling a little on the offensive side," Scioscia said of Bourjos, who is batting .227 but contributed heavily to two wins in the past week with a double and homer. "We want to keep Izzy and Abreu in the lineup. Vernon has the ability to play center field on a tremendous level."
Izturis had three hits in Friday's series opener, including a decisive two-run double in a 4-3 win, and followed that up during Saturday's 7-2 victory with a 3-for-5 showing, raising his average to .357.Abreu, who has a long history of big games in Chicago, had a home run taken away by Juan Pierre in left field in a hitless effort Friday and went 0-for-4 on Saturday.
Trumbo not helped by South Side breeze
CHICAGO -- In his first at-bat at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday night, Angels rookie first baseman Mark Trumbo found that the hitter-friendly park isn't as cooperative when the wind is whipping in the wrong direction.
"I thought I got enough of it," Trumbo said of a first-inning drive that appeared destined for the left-field seats, only to fall into the waiting glove of White Sox left fielder Juan Pierre at the warning track.
Trumbo, who launched his first career homer on Tuesday against the Indians at home, delivered a double and a single, driving in a run and scoring another in the Angels' 4-3 win, after watching his home run bid fall short.
"Oh, yeah, the wind brought that one back," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said in reference to Trumbo's second-inning drive following Alberto Callaspo's single against White Sox starting pitcher Philip Humber. "Mark hit that ball good."
With hits in seven of his past eight starts entering Saturday's action, Trumbo was batting a healthy .277. Against lefties, he's been especially productive, hitting .385. During Saturday's 7-2 victory, Trumbo went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored to drop his average to .260.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.