TEMPE, Ariz. – Without a serviceable left-handed reliever since the days of Scott Schoeneweis, Phil Seibel is trying to give the Angels a rare surplus in that department. Left-hander Darren Oliver appears set for one bullpen job while the left-handed Seibel battles it out with a group of relievers for the 11th spot on the pitching staff. Seibel was obtained in December from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Brendan Donnelly, who became expendable when the Angels signed Justin Speier as a free agent. The 28-year old Seibel has a fastball that typically clocks in at the 88-mph range, which he compliments with a slider, changeup and curveball. Weaver back Scioscia is targeting this weekend or possibly early next week for Jered Weaver’s first throwing session from a mound. Weaver, who is dealing with a bout of biceps tendinitis, continues to throw from flat ground. His biggest issue would seem to be compressing a six-week spring training regimen into about four weeks, all on a sore shoulder. “If he can get out there four or five times in games he should get stretched out enough to be where he needs to be,” Scioscia said. The former Cypress High School honor student is smart enough, though, to calculate the numbers game he is up against. There are no less than six legitimate candidates for the spot in Seibel, Chris Bootcheck, Matt Hensley, Greg Jones, Dustin Moseley, Chris Resop, “There are 60 guys in the clubhouse that on April 2 want to leave with the team and that can’t happen,” Seibel said. “My goal is to pitch well and if it works out, great. Hopefully it will at least leave an impression that if it doesn’t work then if something happens, I’m one of the guys (they call on later).” Taking the field Players will take the field around 10 a.m. for the first full-squad workout of the spring. All healthy players are expected to be in attendance, with Vladimir Guerrero and Erick Aybar the last to take their physicals Monday. … Francisco Rodriguez (sore right hamstring) had a flat-ground throwing session and went through PFP (pitchers’ fielding practice) drills. He is a few days away from his first bullpen session of the spring. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
This proved to be a great choice during the World Cup, as first-choice centre-backs Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kyle Walker all loved to move into midfield, while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is one of the best in the game at playing with the ball at his feet.However, Tuesday’s friendly defeat of Switzerland showed that the only elite players in the England set-up are capable of playing this system. Jack Butland replaced Pickford in goal and was worryingly poor in possession, while James Tarkowski, the Burnley defender, came into the back three.Neither of these players are used to playing out from the back at club level in the way Stones, Walker and Maguire do, and their lack of experience showed. 2 Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 Chelsea ready to ‘break transfer record’ to sign winger ahead of Man United Mega deal Difficult And Ashton believes Southgate’s decision to continually play this system despite it being unsuitable for a selection of his players is ‘unfair’ on said players.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Ashton said: “We’re seeing a style of play Gareth Southgate wants – he wants to play out the back – but it’s little bit unfair on some of the players where that is not the way they’ve played as they’ve grown up.“To ask a Butland or a Tarkowski who don’t and may never have played that way, to suddenly try something they are clearly uncomfortable about is a little unfair.“You’re better to play Angus Gunn who has more experience playing that way.”The Football Association has made it their plan to have all England teams learning the same style, which means from the seniors to the youngest age group playing out from defence is the order of the day.It’s a logical decision on the FA’s part, though Ashton believes the results might not be visible for another two decades.“If you go and watch youth team sides now it can be uncomfortable at times,” he continued, “because the goalkeeper does play out from the back there are a lot of mistakes so it can look embarrassing. Latest England news Southgate watches defender star in Italy amid talk of England recall scared lions How England could end up in a Euro 2020 group of death with France and Portugal REJUVENATED preparation info Butland was shaky throughout England’s defeat of Switzerland Southgate introduced a 3-5-2 system in the run-up to the World Cup Dean Ashton believes Gareth Southgate’s insistence on playing out of the back is ‘unfair’ for some of England’s players who are not suited to that style of play.Since deciding to move forward with a three-at-the-back system, Southgate, the England manager, has made it clear he wants his side to build from the defensive zone. England’s group at Euro 2020 revealed as Southgate’s men face a familiar foe Second is best There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it confirmed GETTING READY “But it’s working towards a style for England to go towards. But I think we’re going to have to wait maybe 10, 15, 20 years to reap the benefits.“At the moment, the players we’ve got aren’t good enough and aren’t used to playing that way.” England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania Euro 2020 explained: How it works, stadiums and dates as tournament turns 60 2 RIP LEGEND England ‘ducking out’ friendly against France before Euro 2020