ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Right-hander Ervin Santana will get a chance to remain in the Angels' pitching rotation this week, but he'll be under strict limits.
Manager Mike Scioscia said Santana, who was knocked out in the second inning of Saturday's 9-2 loss to the Texas Rangers, will pitch five innings Friday night when the Angels face the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium.
But that's it -- five innings and no more.
"What we're going to try to do is limit him to 15 outs and get him to concentrate on getting into the flow of a game and go hard," Scioscia said. "We're in a position right now where we need production from our rotation and we need Ervin to pitch like he can. Hopefully, peeling it back to 15 outs will be a positive for him moving forward."
The Angels want Santana to be aggressive early in ballgames and not worry about reaching the latter stages of games when he's facing batters a third and fourth time. Scioscia said he has tried it before with Scott Kazmir and Aaron Sele...