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04/21/09 9:34 PM ET
Halos to find pitchers in organization
Scioscia denies report that Angels will look for free agents
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that the club is not looking outside the organization for starting pitching help but will look internally until starting pitchers John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Dustin Moseley and Kelvim Escobar get healthy. The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that the club had contacted representatives of Pedro Martinez, Mark Mulder and Paul Byrd, but Scioscia instead talked about getting help from the Minor Leagues. "We've got options within our organization," Scioscia said. "We'll leave it at that." Scioscia declined to name any options, but did comment on right-hander Anthony Ortega, who is one of the club's top prospects but has struggled with a 9.88 ERA in three starts with Triple-A Salt Lake. "He's struggled so far," Scioscia said. "But he's still a candidate, even though he's not having the start we wanted." Other options could be Double-A Arkansas starter Sean O'Sullivan, who is 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA in two starts. Or they could go with a young starter, such as Trevor Reckling or Alexander Torres from Class A, although that seems unlikely because it would be a huge jump to the Majors. Scioscia also said that Darren Oliver will return to the bullpen after starting against the Twins on Saturday. He said the team needs Oliver in the bullpen as a long reliever more than they need him as a starter. That means the Angels will need to recall a starter for both Thursday and Saturday this week, as the club's only healthy starters are Tuesday's starter Jered Weaver, Wednesday's starter Joe Saunders and Friday's starter Shane Loux. "We talked about that three weeks ago, being stretched as far as we could," Scioscia said. "And it still hasn't changed. But if you look at our starters, they've given us a chance to win." Despite the injuries, Angels starters have a 2.86 ERA, which is the second-best mark in the American League.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.