Angels preparing for first experience on new turf

Following series finale in Baltimore, club set to begin four-game series in Toronto

Angels preparing for first experience on new turf

BALTIMORE -- When the Angels begin a series in Toronto on Monday afternoon, it will be their first time this season playing on artificial turf, as well as their first experience with the new surface at Rogers Centre.

Though he didn't want to look too far ahead before the Angels' series finale at Camden Yards on Sunday afternoon, manager Mike Scioscia confirmed that the turf will impact his lineups over the four-game set against the Blue Jays. That could mean finding days off for certain players, or using them at designated hitter instead of in the field.

"I think when you play on that surface all the time, there's a familiarity you get with it," Scioscia said. "I think your body adapts to it. But when you just pop in there for three or four days, there's no doubt, there's a toll it takes that you want to make sure you get over. So we'll read it and get guys off their feet a little bit, for sure."

Because Monday is a series opener, the Angels will go through their normal pregame routine despite the 10:07 a.m. PT start. Scioscia wants his players to get out on the field and gain as much experience on it as possible. Later in the series, however, he might have his club only take batting practice in the cages to reduce wear and tear.

The Angels have enjoyed recent success in Toronto, winning seven of their last eight games there. But the Blue Jays changed the turf at Rogers Centre this season to a softer, slower surface, and Scioscia said the reviews he's heard "have not been great."

"We'll get acclimated to it [Monday] morning and then see how it goes," Scioscia said.

• Relief pitcher Cory Rasmus has been long-tossing beyond the 120-foot range and should progress to throwing off a mound in the near future, according to Scioscia. Rasmus, who had core surgery in late March, has been rehabbing in Arizona.

Andrew Simon is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.