• Right-hander Fernando Salas, on the disabled list with inflammation in his throwing shoulder, played catch for a second straight day on Wednesday and didn't feel any soreness. There's no timetable for when the 29-year-old reliever can get off the mound again, but Salas believes he can be ready to do so "in maybe a couple days."
• Smith is the closer du jour, but Scioscia gave his support for the demoted Frieri, once again saying that "our bullpen right now, with this group, works better if Ernie can get back to being the closer that we know he can be."
Frieri closing means Scioscia has more flexibility in how he uses Smith.
• The Angels set a Guinness World Record on Wednesday, when 35,671 people donned Santa Claus hats at Angel Stadium as the club celebrated the midway point to Christmas. It's the Angels' fifth record, after setting marks for the most people wearing fleece blankets (2010), wrestling masks (2011), cowboy hats (2012) and wigs (2013).
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez.Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MDeFranks. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.