08/25/11 3:24 AM ET
Bourjos' glove has Scioscia thinking hardware
By David Ely / Special to MLB.com
Bourjos' hitting is a notable topic -- the center fielder is 18-for-39 (.461) with seven extra-base hits in the last nine games -- but halfway through his response Scioscia shifted gears.
"I haven't heard you guys talk about it: Is there any doubt he's a Gold Glove center fielder in our league?" Scioscia asked.
Bourjos ranks second in the American League in FanGraphs' UZR ratings -- a defensive metric designed to gauge a player's defensive contribution against an average fielder at his position. He also ranks first in all of baseball in total defensive runs saved, according to the site.
Managers and coaches from all 30 teams vote for players in their own league, but they cannot vote for their own players. Scioscia joked that he planned to get creative in order to vote for Bourjos.
"I said it last week," Scioscia said. "I'm going to put [Rangers manager] Ronnie Washington's name on mine and vote for Bourjos."
Santana, Weaver may face Texas on short rest
ANAHEIM -- Dan Haren will be on the mound Friday as the Angels begin a pivotal three-game series in Texas against the American League West-leading Rangers.
As to who will be getting the ball come Saturday and Sunday, well, that's to be determined.
On Tuesday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia entertained the idea of having Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver pitch on three days' rest against the Rangers. The rotation's status is still in flux a day later, and Scioscia said the Halos' decision will hinge on a number of factors.
"It's going to be contingent on how they feel coming out of their starts and where they are," Scioscia said Wednesday.
Santana threw 115 pitches in eight innings in the Halos' walk-off 5-4 win over the White Sox on Tuesday, but Scioscia did not indicate that Santana's pitch count would prevent him from starting on Saturday.
"He had more in him last night," Scioscia said. "It's certainly something we're going to monitor in the next day or two."
Weaver allowed four hits in seven shutout innings in the Angels' 8-0 win on Wednesday. The comfortable lead allowed Scioscia to lift his ace after just 96 pitches.
"It sets us up for some options this weekend that we'll look at [Thursday] and make some decisions," Scioscia said after the game. "He probably could, even with a higher pitch count, still been an option for Sunday. We'll look at things [Thursday]."
Neither Santana nor Weaver have made a start on three days' rest in their career. Scioscia said that fact might play a factor in his decision if the Halos planned to drop to a four-man rotation for an extended period of time, but he said this would be a one-time deal.
Reliever Scott Downs said the hamstring he tweaked on Saturday feels fine and he should be available to pitch in this weekend's series against the Rangers. Downs threw off the mound Wednesday and said everything felt fine during the brief bullpen session. Downs is 6-2 with a 1.31 ERA in 41 1/3 innings.
Manager Mike Scioscia said rookie Tyler Chatwood's recent start for Triple-A Salt Lake was a step forward. Chatwood gave up four runs on nine hits in six innings Sunday, but Scioscia said his fastball command appeared to have improved. "Velocity was good. ... Threw some good breaking balls and tightened up the breaking ball with a cutter look he's been trying to develop." Chatwood is expected to make at least one more start in the Minors before rejoining the team when the rosters expand in September.
Scioscia said injured starter Garrett Richards will throw a bullpen session this weekend. Richards was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 16 after he strained his right groin in a start against the Rangers.
David Ely is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.