Calhoun hoping to return Friday against Astros

Calhoun hoping to return Friday against Astros

ARLINGTON -- Kole Calhoun's sore right calf is expected to keep him out until at least Friday.

The Angels' right fielder and leadoff hitter was hopeful of returning to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers at Globe Life Park, but "it's just not there yet," Calhoun said of his calf, which has been bothering him since the final days of Spring Training and has kept him out of the lineup since Sunday.

Calhoun hit a pinch-hit RBI single in Monday's ninth inning, then came out for pinch-runner Efren Navarro, as planned. The 27-year-old Calhoun will likely sit out Wednesday's day game so he can couple it with the Thursday off-day, hopefully ensuring that he's completely healthy for Friday's series opener against the Astros.

"It's moving in the right direction," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Calhoun's calf, "but not enough to where we would go out there and do anything with him in the outfield yet."

Some additional notes from Tuesday:

Garrett Richards gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings for Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, striking out five batters in what could be his final rehab start before rejoining the Major League rotation. If Richards checks out OK, the Angels plan to start him against the Astros on Sunday and continue to keep him on the normal four days' rest. That would push Matt Shoemaker to six days' rest on Monday, at home against the A's, and Hector Santiago to five days' rest on Tuesday.

Albert Pujols has started all eight of the Angels' games at first base. There's a decent chance he'll make his first start at designated hitter on Wednesday, but Scioscia will use him in the field as often as possible, saying, "We're a better team with him at first, and he feels good going out there and playing."

• The Angels, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, launched a pilot program allowing individuals with mobility impairments to use Segways at Angel Stadium. The team encourages Segway users to contact the stadium in advance to coordinate entry, ticketing locations and access. The full policy is available on angels.com.

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