Wright to make first start for Angels on Saturday

Wright to make first start for Angels on Saturday

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Daniel Wright will become the 15th pitcher to make a start for the Angels when he takes the mound Saturday night, getting the first shot at replacing Matt Shoemaker in the rotation.

"He's an arm we want to take a look at," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before Wednesday's game against the Athletics. "He's started [in the Minors], so he should be stretched out enough. It's a chance to see what he's got."

Wright hasn't appeared in a Major League game since June 13 when he was with the Reds, who designated him for assignment on Sunday.

The rookie, who made two starts for the Reds, has allowed 25 hits in his 13 innings thus far. He's walked two and struck out six.

"He throws strikes," Scioscia said. "He spins the ball and his velocity is sneaky. He doesn't throw hard, but he can get it by you."

Wright, 25, was the Reds' 10th-round pick in the 2013 Draft out of Arkansas State. He's auditioning for a spot on the Angels' 40-man roster in 2017.

Worth noting

Yunel Escobar (left wrist) was scheduled to hit Wednesday. "He feels better," Scioscia said. "We'll turn him loose in batting practice and see how he is Friday."

Geovany Soto (right knee) continues to progress slowly. He'll be re-evaluated when the Angels return home this weekend.

Albert Pujols and Mike Trout were given a routine day off.

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area, who covered the Angels on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.