Injured center fielder Franklin Gutierrez did some pregame running under the watch of trainer Rick Griffin for a second straight day Thursday. He'll return to Arizona this weekend and play 5-6 games in extended spring training in Peoria before going out on a 20-day Minor League rehab stint, if his sore right heel continues to feel better.
"You have to stay strong in your mind," said Gutierrez, who has played only 92 games in the past year and a half due to a variety of ailments. "A lot of things have been happening to me the last two years, but that is something I cannot control. It just happens. I just have to work hard every day, take care of my body, but sometimes things happen and you just need to keep going."
First baseman Justin Smoak was given the day off Thursday, with Carp getting his first start of the season at first. That allowed Liddi to play his second straight game in left field.
Wedge said he's trying to give players occasional days off during this stretch of 20 straight games and felt this was a good one for Smoak given the matchup. He's 1-for-13 in his career against Angels right-hander Dan Haren.
With Wells sent down to Triple-A, Wedge said Chone Figgins would be used as a late-inning defensive replacement in left field initially and Figgins would also continue his role as a pinch-runner or utility player who can fill in anywhere as needed.