Notes: Colon's start a game-time call

Notes: Colon's start a game-time call

ANAHEIM -- As of Wednesday night, Bartolo Colon was scheduled to pitch on Thursday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. But a change to Dustin Moseley could be made at game time.

"As of now, he is scheduled to pitch [on Thursday], said Angels manager Mike Scioscia of his former Cy Young Award winner, who twisted his left ankle covering first base on Saturday in his first start of the year.

"We are going to watch him closely," Scioscia said before Wednesday's opener with the Rays. "There are still some things we want to see as we get into his workout tonight and how he feels tomorrow morning. But he has made a lot of improvement, and Bart does have the ability to know if he's pitching with discomfort or he's pitching with an injury.

"There isn't a guy out there who takes the hill that doesn't have something that is nicked. When a pitcher has something in the lower half like an ankle, or a leg or a quad, it makes you take notice, and we are paying a lot of attention to it."

Scioscia noted that while Colon was not taped up after the injury on Saturday, he was taped up for his bullpen session on Tuesday, "but during the game I think [the taping] would inhibit more than being able to pitch."

Colon is 8-1 with a 3.36 ERA lifetime against the D-Rays.

Scioscia said that Moseley, who threw four pitches and earned his second win of the season on Tuesday against the Tigers, will be ready if Colon is not ready.

"Dustin will start if Bart can't go. He's already here, so there is no need to make a decision until we get out there even as Bart warms up," said Scioscia. "Dustin will come prepared to pitch. He knows the situation."

Figgins eager for rehab: Chone Figgins, who was originally scheduled to begin his rehab with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday, will leave for Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday night and will play on Thursday for the Bees, who are in first place in the Pacific Coast League.

"This has been a rough start for me," said Figgins, who missed most of Spring Training after fracturing two fingers. "I wanted to be in a perfect frame of mind for this first game, and I want to have a good workout here [on Wednesday].

Asked how much time he needs to get ready, Figgins said it was hard to say.

"Physically, I feel I could play right now," Figgins said. "But just getting a couple of games under my belt will be good. If I get four hits [on Thursday], I'll be going to Chicago."

If not, the plan is to have Figgins play in Salt Lake City over the weekend and rejoin the team in Kansas City on Monday.

Figgins believes what happened to him was "a fluke thing, because it's never happened before."

"I didn't see the ball," said Figgins. "And then I knew there was a runner at second and then at the last second I caught the ball coming down but at the last second, but I just got my hands in a bad spot trying to knock [the ball] down."

Bullpen rollercoaster ride: The bullpen, which allowed just four earned runs through the first nine games, has surrendered 30 earned runs in the last 12 contests.

"Everything early in the season is magnified," said Scioscia. "There are some stretches were guys are going to be as locked in or have the results. Right now, some of the guys are trying to get their feet on the ground.

"I think [Francisco Rodriguez] and [Scott Shields], we know where they're going to be and they're going to be fine," said Scioscia. "Justin Speier has been terrific, and I think things are magnified because of being early in the year. But there have been stretches where they've struggled. We have the utmost confidence in our bullpen especially with Frankie and Shields at the back end."

Rodriguez's blown save on Wednesday was his first since Sept. 15, 2006.

Scioscia was hopefully of having K-Rod available on Thursday despite the fact that he threw 40 pitches on Wednesday.

"Playing [on Wednesday] after the afternoon game is like have a day-and-a-half off," said Scioscia. "He says he feels great, and we'll see how he does with his pregame workout."

Sacrifice a first: Jose Molina's sacrifice bunt that eventually led to Reggie Willits' game-winning dash home on Wednesday, was the Angels' first sacrifice of the season.

"I don't think you really plan things out and say we have to force sacrifice bunts or we're not going to get offense," said Scioscia. "Part of it is the nature of our lineup. We were struggling to get things going."

"There weren't a lot of opportunities for sacrifice bunts. And if it was, it wasn't obviously the right match up. But Wednesday was certainly a time we were looking to move the runners and fortunately we got it done.".

On deck: The Angels conclude their seven-game homestand on Thursday afternoon with Colon (1-0, 1.29 ERA) scheduled to start against Devil Rays right-hander Jae Seo (1-1, 7.66).

Sandy Burgin is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.