Mike Scioscia takes a day off

ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia will be absent from Sunday's game to attend the graduation of his son, Matt, from Notre Dame. He'll return in time for Monday's game against the Oakland A's.

In his absence, bench coach Rob Picciolo will call the shots. And if Saturday night's game goes extra innings?

"They're going to hold up the ceremony," Scioscia joked.

* Pitcher Scott Kazmir worked his final game of extended spring training and will embark on his minor-league rehab outing starting with his appearance Tuesday for Triple-A Salt Lake. It sounds as if the Angels are in no hurry to usher in the return of Kazmir, who was 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA last season. The Angels can only leave Kazmir in the minor leagues for 30 days by rule.

"There's not a minimum number of games you're looking at," Scioscia said. "There is a max."

Scioscia also said they'll consider using Kazmir in relief when he returns. It could depend on the health of the Angels' pitching staff and on how 21-year old Tyler Chatwood is doing.

* Outfielder Vernon Wells said he probably will be out another three weeks or so. He has a visible bruise on the inner part of his thigh from the torn groin muscle that landed him on the disabled list May 10.

* Howie Kendrick missed his second straight game with a strained hamstring and might also be held out of Sunday's game. He's available as a pinch hitter.

The lineups for Saturday night's game vs. the Atlanta Braves, with Joel Pineiro going for his 100th career win against Atlanta's Tommy Hanson.:


1. Nate McLouth CF

2. Martin Prado 3B

3. Chipper Jones DH

4. Brian McCann C

5. Eric Hinske LF

6. Dan Uggla 2B

7. Freddie Freeman 1B

8. Alex Gonzalez SS

9. Joe Mather RF


1. Maicer Izturis DH

2. Erick Aybar SS

3. Bobby Abreu LF

4. Torii Hunter RF

5. Alberto Callaspo 3B

6. Hank Conger C

7. Mark Trumbo 1B

8. Alexi Amarista 2B

9. Peter Bourjos CF