ANAHEIM -- With the return of starter Jered Weaver not too far off, the way the Angels' rotation will shake out once he comes back has led to much speculation, but manager Mike Scioscia made it clear Ervin Santana's spot is not in jeopardy.Santana, who has been in the rotation all season, had been struggling mightily before his one-hit shutout Saturday night against the D-backs. In his four starts before Saturday, however, he surrendered 23 runs in 20 1/3 innings in which he gave up six home runs and walked 15 batters. "We were not considering taking him out of the rotation," Scioscia said. There's a lot of time left, and we need him. This is hopefully a good crossroad game for him to get back where he can be." In place of Weaver, who has been on the disabled list since May 29 with a lower back strain, rookie Garrett Richards has been solid in replace of the Angels' ace. In two starts, Sunday's starter has given up just two runs in 12 innings (1.50 ERA) with 12 strikeouts. It remains to be seen whether the rotation would go back to what it was before Weaver got injured or whether Richards (1-0) has earned a spot. "We're not to that point yet," Scioscia said before the game. "We don't have to make those decisions right now."
Pujols slotted at DH while dealing with sore shin
ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols was given the night off defensively on Saturday after fouling a ball off his shin in Friday's game. He hit third as the designated hitter.The move was just a "normal break" from playing first base for Pujols, manager Mike Scioscia said. "He fouled that ball off his shin, but he could play the field if we needed him to, but we'll DH him today just to give him a little break," Scioscia said. In 61 at-bats as a DH in his career, Pujols entered Saturday batting .344 with five home runs, four doubles and 14 RBIs. He has been the DH in three games this season with one home run, two RBIs and a .273 average. Kendrys Morales started at first base for the third time this season.
Outfielder Peter Bourjos, who hasn't started for the Angels since June 6, is going to play in Sunday's series finale against the D-backs, Scioscia said."He's handling [his limited role] as well as you can," Scioscia said. "This guy comes on the practice field and applies himself, works on a lot of things. He's waiting for an opportunity to contribute. It's obviously not an easy situation for Pete, but he's going to stay ready." In 97 at-bats this season, Bourjos is batting .216 with one home run and nine RBIs. The Angels' shutout Friday night was their ninth of the season and fifth time at home. The three hits were the ninth time the team has been held to five hits or less this season.
Joe McIntyre is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.