• Lefty reliever Mitch Stetter, signed to a Minor League deal this offseason, is recovering from a bulging disk in his lower back, which flared up during a bullpen session just before the start of Spring Training. Stetter, who went on the Minor League disabled list because of back problems down the stretch last season, played light catch on Friday and is taking it slow.
The 32-year-old lefty appeared in 132 games for the Brewers from 2007-11, posting a 4.08 ERA, and notched a 2.67 ERA in 30 1/3 innings in their farm system in 2012. Stetter is an outside candidate for one of the Angels' final bullpen spots.
• Reliever Fernando Cabrera (Puerto Rico) and Minor League first baseman Efren Navarro (Mexico) will join Erick Aybar (Dominican Republic) in playing in the World Baseball Classic. The 31-year-old Cabrera, who posted a 4.10 ERA in 57 games for the Mets' Triple-A affiliate last year, was signed to a Minor League deal this offseason. Navarro has been in the Angels' system the last six years.
• First base prospect C.J. Cron, who drove in 123 runs at Class A Inland Empire before having shoulder surgery on Aug. 29, is doing everything but throwing in Minor League camp. Cron, ranked third in the Angels' system by MLB.com, is targeting being ready by the time Double-A Arkansas opens up its 2013 schedule.
• The Angels previously signed former first-round Draft pick Ben Fritz to a Minor League contract, though he didn't obtain a Spring Training invite. Fritz, a right-handed starter taken 30th overall by the A's in 2002, has been pitching in independent ball the last few years and general manager Jerry Dipoto said he's hitting 94 mph.