Sticking with Ervin Santana for now

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said struggling pitcher Ervin Santana will remain in the Angels' rotation for at least one more start.

Scioscia will limit Santana to 15 outs Friday night, something he has done in the past with struggling pitchers, including Scott Kazmir and Aaron Sele. Santana is 4-10 with a 6.00 ERA and has allowed 23 home runs, second most in the majors.

"We’re in a position right now that we need production from our rotation. We need Ervin to pitch like he can and, hopefully, peeling him back to 15 outs will be a positive for him," Scioscia said.

The Angels considered moving Santana to the bullpen, but don't have many readily available alternatives to start games. Jerome Williams (6-7, 4.85) has also struggled lately and they're bereft of talent at Triple-A. General manager Jerry Dipoto is believed to be in search of pitching before the July 31 trade deadline, but said Sunday he's not necessarily close to acquiring any.

"Pitching will be available. How much of it, I don’t know," Dipoto said. "Pitching’s available every year. There’s going to be a premium on it to access. I don’t think that will change."

Here are lineups for Sunday night vs. the Texas Rangers:


Ian Kinsler 2B

Elvis Andrus SS

Josh Hamilton CF

Adrian Beltre 3B

Michael Young 1B

Nelson Cruz RF

David Murphy LF

Mike Napoli DH

Yorvit Torrealba C


Mike Trout LF

Torii Hunter RF

Albert Pujols 1B

Mark Trumbo DH

Howie Kendrick 2B

Alberto Callaspo 3B

Maicer Izturis SS

Peter Bourjos CF

Bobby Wilson C