Weaver progressing with simulated game

Right-hander eyeing possible return vs. Texas next weekend

Weaver progressing with simulated game

ANAHEIM -- Angels right-hander Jered Weaver, working his way back from right hip inflammation, threw a simulated game at the team's post-All-Star-Game workout on Thursday, but he said he will need at least one more -- plus a full four days' rest afterward -- before returning to Major League action. That means the Angels' rotation will likely remain as it is for at least one more turn.

Weaver threw 50 pitches in three simulated innings (all facing Taylor Featherston) off the mound at Angel Stadium, a day before the Angels open a four-game series against the Red Sox. The Angels said Weaver's second simulated game would likely be either Monday or Tuesday, which would place his return to the rotation toward the end of the Rangers series (July 24-26).

"Felt good," Weaver said after throwing. "[I] was able to hit down-and-away pretty good. Hitting spots, speed was good. I think we're going to do one more of those and then be ready."

If that's the case, Weaver would not need to go on a rehab assignment.

"If we keep up that aggressive sim game, he's not that far away from pitching and with his feel he should be OK," manager Mike Scioscia said. "The one thing with Weave, if it's coming out the way we hope, you don't want to waste anything."

C.J. Wilson, Garrett Richards and Hector Santiago will pitch the Angels' first three games out of the break against the Red Sox starting on Friday. With Weaver rehabbing, that would leave Andrew Heaney and Matt Shoemaker for Monday and Tuesday.

"We're gonna see where Heaney falls in, Shoemaker, Weaver obviously," Scioscia said. "We're gonna look and see where they fold in after that."

Scioscia said the team would continue to read the situation with the rotation, but would hopefully come to a "pretty good idea" of the direction they want to go within the next several days.

Scioscia also confirmed that Heaney, who has a 1.32 ERA in four starts since he was called up to make his team debut on June 24, will get at least one more start.

When Weaver comes back, the Angels will need to figure out what to do with the six starters they would have on the roster. Richards, Weaver, Wilson and Santiago are all likely to remain in the rotation, and Heaney has pitched so well since coming up that it would be difficult to take him out. That would make Shoemaker a possibility to eventually come out of the bullpen, but that wouldn't be until the Texas series, at the earliest, if Weaver is still out.

Scioscia has previously said the team does not want to go to a six-man rotation.

Worth noting

• Closer Huston Street (right groin strain) went through his full normal pregame routine during Thursday's workout, throwing all his pitches. Street said he will throw a bullpen session on Friday and is targeting a Saturday return.

• The Angels announced that Keith Johnson, who had been the team's roving infield coordinator, will be serving as the team's new player information coach going forward. Rico Brogna, who had occupied that role, will be a professional scout under director of professional scouting Hal Morris.

• Scioscia said Thursday would be the last day in a splint for outfielder Collin Cowgill (sprained right wrist), who was with the team in Anaheim. Cowgill will then resume "range-of-motion" activities with his hand, Scioscia said, and proceed from there.

David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.