Here’s a curious one. Home-plate umpire Greg Gibson just went to Angels starter Joe Saunders on the mound before the start of the second inning and appeared to tell him that blowing on his pitching hand, while on the mound, has been allowed tonight. He then gave a signal to both benches, blowing on his own hand and extending something like a welcome signal. Kinda odd. That privledge usually is not allowed until games are played in much frostier conditions that the 65 degrees at first pitch. Maybe Gibson thinks he’s in Oakland tonight.
Robb Quinlan started at first base tonight, a day after starting at third. It is the first time he has started back-to-back games since Sept. 4 and 5 of last season. Coincidentally, those games, like the last two, were against the A’s.
Quinlan got the start at third base Monday because Chone Figgins had to move to second base with Maicer Izturis nursing a sore back and Howie Kendrick on the DL. Brandon Wood is the starter at third tonigt with Quinlan taking over at first for Casey Kotchman because the A’s started a left-hander in Greg Smith.
That flu bug that slowed Jeff Mathis and threatened to derail Mike Napoli seems to have subsided. Catcher Bobby Wilson is on the roster just in case, but it seems like his stay in Anaheim will be a short one. Wilson is on the major-league roster for the first time in his career.
Mathis was the original starting catcher tonight (Monday) but was scratched in favor of Napoli.
“Jeff felt good today but we’re going to keep him out,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We originally had him in the lineup but he was evaluated and he’ll just work out today. Hopefully he will be in there tomorrow so Napoli will catch today.”
As a follow up two two moves the Angels made Friday, they made two more today (Monday) in advance of a series against the Oakland A’s On Friday, the Angels called up relievers Jose Arredondo and Rick Thompson while optioning Sean Rodriguez and Kendry Morales. Today, the Angels recalled catcher Bobby Wilson and infielder Brandon Wood, while Arredondo and Thompson were optioned out.