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Angels to begin trimming roster

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The Angels still have more than 60 players in their major league spring training camp but the first rounds of cuts are coming.

Manager Mike Scioscia said he plans to send as many as 20 players to the Angels' minor league camp in Tempe before Tuesday's Cactus League exhibition. The first full day of practice at the Angels' minor league facility is scheduled for Sunday.

Most of the roster moves will take place after Monday's "B" game with the Colorado Rockies, Scioscia said.

In other news Saturday:

* Infielder Alberto Callaspo (pictured above), who was expected to play in the field this weekend, has had that date pushed back until at least the middle of next week. Callaspo reported to spring training with what has been called a sore shoulder, one he reportedly developed playing winter ball in his native Venezuela. He has played in several games as a designated hitter and Scioscia said he has participated in defensive drills. But after a couple of days of long toss, the timetable to get Callaspo playing in the infield has stalled.

* Center fielder Peter Bourjos was scatched from Saturday's exhibition with the Cleveland Indians because of tightness in his groin. Reggie Willits will take his place.

* The team is making Angel Stadium available as a collection location for funds that the American Red Cross is raising to assist victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The drive, organized by ABC-7, kicks off Monday morning at 5 and will continue until 6:30 p.m. Donations can also be taken to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

-- Kevin Baxter, reporting from Goodyear, Ariz.

Photo credit: Jake Roth / US Presswire

 
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