Scioscia doesn't expect a say in GM hunt
OAKLAND -- Contrary to popular belief, Angels manager Mike Scioscia does not expect to have much of a say on who the club's next general manager will be.
"I don't plan on being part of any selection committee," Scioscia said prior to Tuesday's game against the A's from the Coliseum. "I know the role of a manager in an organization, and I love that part of it. It's not to go pick a GM. I just think, just like any team, you have to be philosophically on the same page, all the way down from ownership to the general manager's seat to the manager to the Minor Leagues and scouting director, everything that's important in fueling your Major League roster. You have to be on the same page."
Scioscia and the last Angels GM, Jerry Dipoto, weren't necessarily on the same page. That's the main reason Dipoto resigned on July 1, prompting Bill Stoneman to take over in the interim and sending the Angels' brass -- owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino in specific -- into an all-out search for a new GM.
Scioscia is in his 16th season as the Angels' manager and is under contract until 2018, though he also has the right to opt out after this season. He said he'd be happy to speak with any potential GMs, but only if the candidates reach out first and "just to make sure that they're comfortable with being on the same page."
"I'm not going to speak for John and Arte," Scioscia added. "I know what's important to them, but I don't know exactly what they're looking for as far as the GM. You'd have to talk to them. I just can only imagine that it's somebody who will be philosophically lined up with what we're trying to do and will have a passion to make us better as an organization."
• Taylor Featherston, activated off the disabled list Tuesday, started at second base in place of fellow right-handed hitter Grant Green. Asked if Featherston will be the everyday second baseman while Johnny Giavotella remains out, Scioscia said, in no specific terms, "Right now, he'll get his opportunity."
• Giavotella is expected to rejoin the team when it returns home on Friday, but he's made "slow progress," Scioscia said, adding that he is unsure if Giavotella will miss the rest of the season. The 28-year-old right-handed hitter was batting .265/.312/.350 in 469 plate appearances before landing on the shelf.
• Added to the 40-man roster on Tuesday was Wesley Wright, who was signed to a Minor League contract in late July. Wright has posted a 4.18 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP and a 2.20 strikeout-to-walk ratio in an eight-year Major League career, with most of that time coming with the Astros. The 30-year-old features a low-90s fastball and a slurve.