TORONTO — Ironically, it was on a day that Kaleb Cowart wasn’t even in the lineup that he took a step closer to being the Angels everyday second baseman.
The Angels designated Nick Franklin for assignment on Saturday morning, eliminating one of the players who could have fought Cowart for playing time at second.
Cowart had started four of five games at second since his arrival on Tuesday, giving way on Saturday to Cliff Pennington because he hadn’t played in a week.
“I think we definitely want to get an extended look at Kaleb,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s a guy who worked really hared and really improved the offensive side of his game. He’ll get most of the looks. Penny will also get some looks.”
That left no room for Franklin, who was 3 for 24 in 13 games with the Angels after they acquired him about a month ago.
“In fairness to Nick, he didn’t get an extended look,” Scioscia said. “The direction we’re moving wasn’t going to give him a lot of at-bats or playing time right now.”
The impetus for the move on Saturday was, indirectly, Alex Meyer’s injury. The Angels planned to have Yusmeiro Petit start a bullpen game on Saturday, in Meyer’s spot, so that created a need for an extra reliever. They officially activated Troy Scribner as the eighth reliever.
Cam Bedrosian has allowed at least one run in four of his last five games, including a five-run nightmare on Wednesday night. He gave up a homer in the ninth on Friday.
Scioscia suggested that, although Bedrosian’s groin isn’t hurting anymore, his mechanics may be out of whack from the injury.
“For a pitcher, so much of it is being coordinated and being on time,” Scioscia said. “He needs to get his lower half involved, so he can be consistent with his pitches and finish his pitches, and he will.”
Cameron Maybin (sprained knee) has begun swinging a bat, throwing and running on a treadmill, Scioscia said. “Hopefully after this weekend,…