04/04/12 1:19 AM ET
Scioscia looking for better days from Izzy
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
"I think we are going to be deep in our bullpen," Scioscia said on Tuesday before meeting the Dodgers in the second game of the Freeway Series. "You look at the resurgence of Kevin Jepsen and he's starting to get back to where he was a few seasons ago.
"With Jordan Walden, Scott Downs and everyone else down the line, we are going to have depth."
Yet, one of the variables is 39-year-old Jason Isringhausen, who was added to the team's 40-man roster on Friday.
Struggling in his last two outings, the veteran right-hander gave up a total of six runs on nine hits, while recording just four outs.
"He has missed a lot of spots with his fastball and has pitched behind in counts," Scioscia said. "For him to prepare and get Major League hitters out, hopefully he'll refine some things."
In Monday's game against the Dodgers at Angel Stadium, Isringhausen gave up one run on four singles, ballooning his ERA to 12.86 this spring.
"He isn't as locked is as we'll see him when we get into the season," Scioscia said. "He certainly needs to find more command."
Versatile Amarista impressing in bid for roster spot
LOS ANGELES -- Still fighting for the Angels' final bench spot, Alexi Amarista has continued to impress manager Mike Scioscia with his versatility.
"He can really help you at six positions, which is a huge advantage," Scioscia said before Tuesday's Spring Training game against the Dodgers. "He has speed and can come off the bench and put the ball in play or bunt it."
With the decision coming down to Amarista or veteran Jorge Cantu, Amarista definitely had a spring that stood out.
In 30 games so far, he has hit .345 with two home runs, 13 RBIs and two triples.
"He is playing at a higher level this spring than we saw last season," Scioscia said. "He is more comfortable and is feeling confident about what he can do once he gets on the field."
Either way, the club has a tough decision to make on the utility man from Venezuela.
"We'll see where we are in the next few days and what will be carved out for him and if he will make our club," said Scioscia.
The Angels announced after Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to the Dodgers that catcher Hank Conger, a former first-round Draft pick, will be reassigned to Triple-A Salt Lake. In 18 games this spring, Conger hit .295 with one home run, four doubles and five RBIs.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.