NEW YORK -- Manager Mike Scioscia offered the first glimpse at how he plans to operate the Angels' bullpen without injured closer Bud Norris in the Halos' 8-3 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.Norris, who landed on the disabled list with right knee inflammation before the
NEW YORK -- Manager Mike Scioscia offered the first glimpse at how he plans to operate the Angels' bullpen without injured closer Bud Norris in the Halos' 8-3 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Norris, who landed on the disabled list with right knee inflammation before the Angels' series opener in the Bronx, is not expected to miss more than 10 days, but his absence will temporarily leave a bit of a hole at the back end of the Halos' bullpen. When asked who would close games in Norris' stead, Scioscia said the Angels could deploy a number of relievers based on matchups, an approach that mostly proved successful against the Yankees on Tuesday.
Parker Bridwell made his second start for the Angels and pitched five innings before turning over a 3-2 lead to Richard Parker in the sixth. Parker, who entered Tuesday with 1.95 ERA and a 0.990 WHIP over 32 1/3 innings this season, suffered a rare hiccup, surrendering an opposite-field home run to Gary Sanchez that tied the game at 3. It was the first homer Parker had allowed this year.
"It wasn't that awful of a pitch," Scioscia said. "It just wasn't quite where he was trying to throw it, and Sanchez hit it hard."
Still, Parker ended up earning the win after Cameron Maybin untied the game with a solo home run off Tyler Clippard in the seventh. The Angels never trailed after that, as Cam Bedrosian, Keynan Middleton and David Hernandez combined to pitch the final three innings , allowing only one hit while striking out five.
"They were terrific," Scioscia said. "We made some big pitches in some situations to keep them down."
Scioscia said he had a feeling he would use Hernandez in the ninth as the night unfolded, though he added that the 32-year-old veteran had not been "ordained as closer" prior to the game.
"It could have gone a lot of different ways," Scioscia said. "David had the experience, so we were thinking about letting him have the ninth and then working our way in between. We looked for some matchups that we thought could be favorable, and just went with it."
Scioscia has generally shied away from officially designating anyone the Angels' closer this season, which has given him more flexibility to use his best relievers, particularly Bedrosian, in high-leverage situations outside of the ninth. So while Hernandez pitched the final inning of Tuesday's game, the role remains malleable, meaning a different member of the Angels' relief corp could be asked to close Wednesday.
Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.