After discussing his bullpen with the media for several minutes,
"Has there been too much made of the bullpen issue?" one reporter asked before Friday's game. "No," Scioscia replied emphatically.
Scioscia's relief corps certainly is Topic A lately, especially after Thursday when
The Angels bounced back with a 7-3 win over the
With the Angels leading, 7-2, in the eighth inning, Cory Rasmus allowed the first two Rangers to reach base.
But Jepsen then got pinch-hitter Rougned Odor to hit into a double play to end the threat and
Before the game, the Angels made two moves affecting the makeup of their seven-man bullpen.
They sent right-handed reliever
Then Scioscia announced that
Santiago, now the sole left-hander in the bullpen, has been a starter, a reliever and last month he was sent to the minor leagues before being recalled June 10 to replace Skaggs.
"I'm fine with whatever they want to do," Santiago said. "I'm used to it. We'll see what happens."
Although Frieri gave up the home run to Swisher, it came after the Indians had loaded the bases against the Angels' rookie reliever Cam Bedrosian.
"Cam's poised but it doesn't mean he's the finished product yet," Scioscia said. "Every time you struggle there's a chance to take that half-step backwards and maybe those two steps forward. I think Cam will do that."
The Angels have split the closing duties between Smith and Frieri, with Jepsen also pitching in late innings.
Frieri has 11 saves, three blown saves — including Thursday's — and a lofty 5.83 earned-run average.
"Obviously a lot of attention has been put on Ernie and him getting back into his game and we need him," Scioscia said.
The Angels will "mix and match to get those last three outs," Scioscia said. "Joe Smith is definitely part of that solution. Kevin Jepsen is part of that solution. Ernie Frieri we need to be part of that solution."
Meanwhile, right-handed reliever