• Dane De La Rosa wasn't an option to be called up when the Angels went back to a seven-man bullpen on Saturday because he needs to be in the Minors 10 days since his option date, which occurred Tuesday.
Scioscia said De La Rosa, who has a 4.50 ERA since rejoining Triple-A Salt Lake on May 21, "is going to be as much a part of our bullpen this year as he was last year," but he's "got to get his game where it needs to be first."
• The Angels recently signed veteran starter Joel Pineiro, who gave up seven runs (six earned) in five innings during his debut for Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday. Pineiro, who's basically taking the place of Wade LeBlanc with regard to organizational pitching depth, hasn't been in the big leagues since his second season with the Angels in 2011, when he posted a 5.13 ERA in 145 2/3 innings. The 35-year-old right-hander pitched for the Cubs' Double-A affiliate earlier this season.
• Right-handed-pitching prospect R.J. Alvarez, ranked seventh in the Angels organization by MLB.com, joined the Double-A Arkansas Travelers on Saturday after spending the previous three weeks in Arizona rehabbing from elbow discomfort. Alvarez started the season with 19 scoreless innings out of the Double-A bullpen, striking out 28 batters and walking five.
• The Angels commemorated Albert Pujols' 500th home run at Angel Stadium on Saturday, with an on-field pregame ceremony attended by Scioscia, Arte and Carole Moreno, chairman Dennis Kuhl and Pujols' former manager, Tony La Russa. Pujols was presented with a special shadowbox and La Russa gave a speech.
"He always just plays the game," La Russa said. "He never plays for stats or for the money or fame. And as a teammate, we all appreciated that. He would do whatever he needed to do to win a game."
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