06/05/12 2:36 AM ET
Scioscia reaches milestone with 2,000th game
By Joe McIntyre / MLB.com
And when Scioscia submitted his lineup card on Monday against the Mariners, he joined a group that consists of just eight people, those who have managed at least 2,000 games with the same American League team.
Though he has a long way to go to the top -- he's 5,591 games behind former Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack -- Scioscia is the first manager to hit 2,000 with one AL team since former Twins skipper Tom Kelly, who retired in 2001.
"I couldn't even tell you how many games it's been," Scioscia said. "It's still fresh. I love it. We're going to keep working towards that second championship. That's our goal."
Scioscia has an all-time record of 1,094-905, a .547 winning percentage, not including the 2002 World Series championship.
Compared to other managers he has had, ex-Angel Garret Anderson, who was a part of that World Series title, said Scioscia's hunger for winning is nearly unparalleled.
"The first few years, he would always say, 'Hey, we're going to get this game today,' " Anderson said. "I heard a lot of guys say that, but after a few years, I started realizing that he meant what he was saying."
Of course, as time has passed, Scioscia's experience in decision-making has made him a better manager, he said, yet it hasn't necessarily made him a different manager.
He has still got the same coaching style he has always had. He expects as much from his players today as he did back when he first began to manage.
"If we do something wrong, he tells us that we're doing it wrong," rookie Mike Trout said. "But he always gives us positive thoughts. He wants to win."
The games have gone by fast for Scioscia. It may be his 2,000th, but a fresh game with different decisions to make each night and different opponents to try to defeat, it hasn't seemed like nearly as many, he said.
"There's a passion in all of us," Scioscia said, "and I think that makes time go by quickly."
Wilson exits after foul ball hits mask
ANAHEIM -- Angels catcher Bobby Wilson left Monday night's game against the Mariners in the bottom of the second inning after getting hit in the mask with a foul tip in the first.
Wilson, who was replaced by John Hester before his at-bat in the second inning, took a foul tip off the bat of Kyle Seager just before the Mariners third baseman hit a solo home run. The Angels said he was removed for precautionary reasons and will be monitored throughout the game.
In 31 games with the Angels, Wilson is batting .171 with one home run and six RBIs.
Injured Angels making progress
ANAHEIM -- As good as it has been for the Angels lately -- winning 10 of their last 12 games and climbing to within 4 1/2 games of first place in the American League West -- they've been do so with some important players injured.
Angels reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who has been on the disabled list since May 7 with a fractured pinky on his right hand, pitched in a rehab appearance on Sunday with High Class A Inland Empire. He allowed a homer and single and struck out two in one inning of work.
The righty is on pace to throw again on Tuesday, and manager Mike Scioscia said the team will reevaluate his progress after that.
Starter Jered Weaver, who was placed on the DL on May 29 with a lower back strain, said he is feeling no pain when long-tossing from flat ground. He's throwing from 120 feet but has not yet reached the full-length long-toss of 200-feet or so. There's no timetable for when he will throw off the mound.
"Obviously the angle of the mound is going to play a little part in how things feel," Weaver said. "You get something from flat ground, but you're not going to exert as much energy as you would coming off the mound."
Catcher Chris Iannetta, who has missed 20 games while recovering from surgery on a fractured right wrist, has been cleared for long-tossing and is swinging a bat.
Iannetta, who went on the DL on May 10, said his 6-to-8 week recovery schedule still stands.
Joe McIntyre is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.