Angels manager Mike Scioscia said his pitching staff “will have a more situational look in the bullpen” when the regular season begins. It’s not hard to figure out what that means, as there are 15 pitchers currently in camp and 12 will start the season on the active roster.
Tommy Hanson is healthy and is scheduled to throw six innings and 80-90 pitches today.
It just won’t come in the Angels’ Cactus League game against the Chicago White Sox. He’ll pitch in a minor-league game instead, as manager Mike Scioscia wanted to ensure that Hanson, the Angels’ projected fifth starter, gets fully stretched out in his second-to-last start of the spring.
“We need to get him into a controlled environment,” Scioscia said. “It’s an important outing to get him into a little more — not only length as far as pitches — but innings. It’s difficult if you’re up to 90 pitches.”
The Angels and Yankees are discussing a trade that would send Vernon Wells to New York, according to multiple reports Sunday.
Wells, 34, is the Angels’ highest paid player at $49.3 million over the next two seasons. He also has a no-trade clause. John Heyman of CBSSports.com wrote on his Twitter account Sunday that Wells would waive the no-trade clause if the trade being discussed is consummated.
Few teams can consider eating Wells’ salary, but the Yankees have a historically big budget and the need for lineup help. Shortstop Derek Jeter isn’t expected to debut until April 6, Mark Teixeira until June and Alex Rodriguez until after the All-Star break.
Wells is not in the Angels’ lineup today against the San Francisco Giants.
Update, 4:17 p.m.: The deal is not official but Wells hinted that he’ll be in a Yankee uniform soon via Twitter:
Thankful and Blessed!#Pinstripes
— Vernon Wells (@VernonWells10) March 24, 2013
In what amounted to a spring training bloodbath, the Angels cut nine players from their major-league camp roster Sunday.