The Angels reassigned reliever Rafael Rodriguez to minor league camp Sunday, meaning they're carrying just 12 extra players. They'll probably trim a few more youngsters before heading back to Southern California for a few exhibition games leading to the April 5 opener.
All major league rosters must be set on April 4, league-wide opening day. The Yankees play the Red Sox that evening on ESPN, in case you didn't know.
The remaining roster questions with a couple weeks left:
Three catchers or 12 pitchers? If the Angels want to keep catcher Bobby Wilson, it could spell trouble for Matt Palmer, who was a useful spot starter and long reliever a year ago. Carrying three catchers would force the Angels to choose between Palmer and newly acquired Brian Stokes, who is out of options. Palmer, 30, still has an option, meaning he'd probably be the odd man out.
Reserve outfielder:Reggie Willits picked an inopportune time to strain his hamstring, but is there ever a good time for that? He needs to get healthy in the next week _ and there are signs he will be _ to hold off guys like Michael Ryan and Terry Evans, longtime minor-leaguers gunning for the final roster spot.
What about Q? Many Angels fans have a soft spot for bench player Robb Quinlan, in part because he's one of only two guys left from the 2004 team, the club that proved the 2002 World Series wasn't a fluke. Quinlan is batting just .167 this spring, which could spell trouble for him.