08/23/11 9:31 PM ET
Hamstring improving for Halos reliever Downs
By Glenn Rabney / Special to MLB.com
The left-hander is considered day to day.
Asked if Downs could pitch Tuesday night, Scioscia said, "We'll evaluate to see his availability."
Scioscia did confirm, however, that Downs still hasn't thrown in the bullpen and that he's a question mark. As for whether Downs might wind up on the disabled list, Scioscia responded, "Right now, it doesn't look like a DL. Hopefully, he's made enough progress in the last two days that he's close."
Scioscia believes that he has enough arms for the two-game series against the White Sox.
"Hisanori [Takahashi] has pitched late in the game and he'd be available to do that," he said.
"Depending on how we match up, we have Fernando [Rodney] and [Bobby]
Cassevah and, obviously, Jordan [Walden] in the back end, so we have arms that can get us in a position we want."
Two off-days give Angels pitching flexibility
ANAHEIM -- With Monday's day off and Thursday's off-day coming up, the Angels find themselves in a unique situation.
"We were trying to think of the last time we've had two days off in a week," said manager Mike Scioscia.
As for how the additional off-day will impact the team, Scioscia was being coy while admitting that it will play a part in planning.
"It will definitely impact some of the things we are looking at moving forward this week and the weekend," he said.
He also explained how the extra day can be a mixed blessing.
"In some ways, it's going to give us some opportunities to do things in the rotation that we are going to explore," he said. "In other ways, when you're playing well, it kind of disrupts the continuity."
As for specific plans, Scioscia didn't want to commit to anything. When asked if he had a starting pitcher yet for Saturday's game, he simply replied, "Yes, we do."
Upon further questioning, Scioscia explained that they were going to look at a couple of things that they might be able to do with the rotation, once they see how they come through the two-game set against the White Sox.
Whether that meant skipping any players or starting anyone on three days' rest, Scioscia was noncommittal.
"We're considering a number of things," he said.
Glenn Rabney is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.