After three weeks on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, C.J. Wilson will look to lead the Angels to their third straight win in his start Saturday night at Tampa Bay.
The veteran left-hander will be looking to bounce back from giving up 19 earned runs in 16 2/3 innings over his last four starts spanning from June 24 to July 9. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he expects Wilson to be at 100 percent.
"Just like any pitcher, you're always careful," Scioscia said. "With C.J., especially when you're talking about a lower extremity issue, we certainly understand the importance of landing properly, how his ankle's feeling. We'll look at him closely, but we don't anticipate it hindering him at all."
Starting opposite Wilson will be righty Chris Archer, who is coming off a six-inning, three-run start against Boston. Though the Angels' lineup flexed its muscle on Friday night as Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout both hit home runs, Archer said the Halos weren't more intimidating than any other opponent.
"We're used to facing tough lineups, man," Archer said. "Toronto, Baltimore, New York, Boston -- they're all strong lineups, and the Angels are another strong lineup. Just trying to accomplish the same goal: pitch as deep as I can and give the team the best chance to win."
With the Rays trading away ace David Price at Thursday's Trade Deadline, Archer could be asked to pick up more innings, a prospect he's embracing.
"I wouldn't say a concern, I would say more of an opportunity," Archer said. "Maybe we'll get an extra inning here or there and carry the team into the eighth on a consistent basis, or the ninth, or maybe the extra inning is the seventh or the sixth. Maybe this will be our opportunity to do that and prevail."
Angels: Halos place Skaggs on DL, recall Roth
Left-hander Tyler Skaggs was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left forearm strain Friday before the team's series opener against the Rays.
"He's going to be on the DL, and it looks like a forearm strain," Scioscia said. "He'll get some other opinions on exactly what is going on, but we'll just take it one step at a time. It's something that might take a little bit of time."
Skaggs left his start against the Orioles Thursday night after 4 2/3 no-hit innings. The 23-year-old was immediately examined by team doctors, who told him his ulnar collateral ligament was fine.
Scioscia and Skaggs both said they had no ballpark idea of when he will be able to return. But Skaggs does not need surgery, and Scioscia expects him to be able to pitch again this season.
Rays: Looking to 'Aug-Tember'
The Rays posted a 17-6 (.739) mark in July, which was the best record in the Major Leagues and the fourth-best month in franchise history. Rays pitchers compiled a 2.71 ERA, second in the Major Leagues to the Mariners (2.57), and third best of any month in club history (2.27 in Aug. 2012, 2.54 in July 2013).
To place emphasis on the importance of every game for the remainder of the season, Rays manager Joe Maddon is referring to the current stretch as "Aug-Tember". While the Rays no longer have Price, they have managed to post a winning month in August in six of the last seven years with 2013 (11-15) the lone exception. All-time, August is the winningest month in club history.
• Ryan Hanigan (left oblique strain) could play in a Minor League game Saturday.
• Newly acquired Rays lefty Drew Smyly will report to the team Saturday and is slated to start Tuesday night against the Athletics in Oakland.
• The Angels led the Major Leagues with a +39 run differential in July.
• The Halos' bullpen also had a dominant month, leading the American League in innings pitched (96), strikeouts (95) and ERA (1.69), and finishing second in saves (12) and batting average against (.198).
Caitlin Swieca is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.