Monday, September 24, 2007
Angels giving 17-game winner Escobar's sore shoulder extra rest before playoffs
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Los Angeles Angels right-hander Kelvim
Escobar won't make his expected start Tuesday night at Texas,
giving the 17-game winner more time to rest his shoulder and get
ready for the playoffs.
Escobar was first pushed back from his scheduled start Saturday
because of inflammation in his shoulder. Now, instead of starting
against the Rangers, Escobar, who is 17-7 with a 3.46 ERA, is
expected to pitch over the weekend in Oakland.
"We're going to give him a little more time to get strong,"
manager Mike Scioscia said Monday, a day after the Angels clinched
their third AL West title in four seasons.
"We talked with him about whether it would be better for him to
pitch (Tuesday) and have a longer time on the back end," Scioscia
said. "He said he could throw but would rather take another day,
throw a couple of bullpens and get his stamina built up ... and be
ready for the playoffs."
After the Angels lost 8-7 in the opener of the three-game
series, Scioscia announced that right-hander Dustin Moseley (4-3)
will start Tuesday night. Left-hander Joe Saunders (8-4) is the
scheduled starter Wednesday.
Scioscia is also trying to line up the rotation for the start of
the playoffs, and hasn't announced the scheduled starters for the
final regular season series at Oakland this weekend. The Angels
could still finish with the AL's best record, which would give them
home field advantage.
"We'll announce our playoff rotation at the appropriate time.
Kelvim will be in it," Scioscia said. "There's some advantages to
clinching early, about automatically being able to reset some of
your pitching, which we're going to be in the process of doing