Lackey to start Opening Day
Weaver set to open season on the 15-day disabled list
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Manager Mike Scioscia made it official on Wednesday morning: John Lackey will draw the Opening Day starting assignment against Texas, and Jered Weaver will open the season on the 15-day disabled list.Bartolo Colon will also open the season on the DL, but that has not been made official. After Lackey engages the Rangers on April 2 in Anaheim, he'll be followed in the rotation by Kelvim Escobar, Ervin Santana and Joe Saunders, in that order. The fifth spot will go to veteran Hector Carrasco or 25-year-old rookie right-hander Dustin Moseley. Both have enjoyed excellent springs. "With game five, we'll make a determination on Moseley or Carrasco coming into next week," Scioscia said. Lackey, who hasn't missed a start since arriving on the scene in Anaheim during the 2002 season, made the Opening Day start in '03 after Jarrod Washburn sustained a late-spring injury. "It's a nice honor for him to have," Scioscia said of Lackey. "We talked to the whole staff this morning and told them that the rotation is a five-part machine. It needs to keep chugging to get us to our goal." That goal is familiar to Lackey, who started and won Game 7 of the '02 World Series against San Francisco, touching off the celebration of celebrations in Anaheim. Lackey is one of six Angels left from the championship team, along with Garret Anderson, Chone Figgins, Jose Molina, Francisco Rodriguez and Scot Shields. The rotation will eventually be complete when Weaver and Colon return to game form -- Weaver recovering from biceps tendinitis, Colon from a rotator cuff tear that shut him down last July after making only 10 starts the season after winning the American League's Cy Young Award. Moseley, acquired from Cincinnati in exchange for Ramon Ortiz before the 2005 season, made two starts in three appearances for the Angels last season. He was 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA, yielding 22 hits in 11 innings while walking two and striking out three. At Triple-A Salt Lake, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Texan was 13-8 with a 4.69 ERA in 149 2/3 innings and 26 starts.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.