• The Angels have narrowed down their list of potential replacements for long-time public-address announcer David Courtney, who passed away in November. The club has three candidates in mind, and each will do a Cactus League game at Tempe Diablo Stadium -- on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
• Erick Aybar will start appearing in Spring Training games this weekend as he prepares for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday. He may be the only regular appearing in games that first week.
• Angels reliever Sean Burnett said his stiff lower back continues to feel good and he hopes to start long tossing again by the end of the week. The left-hander is confident the ailment won't prevent him from being ready by Opening Day.
• The Angels had picture day on Thursday morning, with 16 stations -- making up the likes of MLB.com, ESPN, The Associated Press, Getty Images, FOX and Topps -- set up along the infield at Tempe Diablo Stadium.