• Angels lefty reliever Sean Burnett, still making his way back from August elbow surgery, recently threw a bullpen session, his second since experiencing his latest setback. His next step is to pitch in a simulated game. Dane De La Rosa (right shoulder irritation) is slated to throw his first bullpen session since landing on the disabled list on Tuesday.
• Scioscia is still searching for a consistent third reliever who can join his setup man and closer, saying: "It puts a lot of pressure on Joe Smith and [Ernesto] Frieri to be really the only two guys who are throwing the ball at a level to shut games down. Whether it's Michael Kohn or Fernando Salas, some of these guys has to move deeper into the game, or we're going to have trouble finding that continuity."
• With right-handed reliever Josh Wall getting optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake after Sunday's game, the Angels recalled from Salt Lake Nick Maronde, the 24-year-old left-hander who was charged with one earned run in three innings out of the bullpen earlier this season. Maronde, the only lefty in the bullpen, gave up two runs in 4 2/3 innings in his short stint with the Bees.
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