TEMPE, Ariz. --
Blanton will start Saturday's game against the
The Angels did not project Blanton on their 25-man roster when
"We've answered a crazy number of questions about our No. 6 starter," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. "That's a question everybody else in the league has to answer too."
Blanton has started three games this spring, all in split-squad games that Scioscia did not attend. In his last two starts, Blanton has given up three runs and five hits in 10 1/3 innings.
"Any pitchers who are throwing the ball well, there are roles for them on our team," Scioscia said. "We'll see where Joe fits in."
Blanton, 33, was 2-14 with a 6.04 earned-run average last season. The Angels owe him $8.5 million.
They would be happy to trade him to a team with a last-minute need for a veteran starter -- and absorb most of that salary -- if they could get a decent prospect in return.
"If the best 25-man roster we can have has Joe Blanton on it, then he will be," Dipoto said. "If that's not the case, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it."