Angels ace Jered Weaver (lower back strain) amped up his long-tossing on Wednesday, throwing from 250-300 feet, and could throw his first bullpen session in less than a week. Weaver, who hasn't been experiencing any next-day soreness, anticipates needing two or three bullpen sessions before being ready to return to the rotation.
Catcher Chris Iannetta (right wrist surgery) took batting practice on the field for the first time on Tuesday and is slated to throw to bases on Thursday, in what could be his final hurdle before beginning a rehab assignment over the weekend, according to Scioscia.
"He's been keeping his legs in shape, he's been able to catch 'pens, done a lot of the fundamental things that a catcher needs to do in these last 10 days or so," Scioscia said. "Now he's getting some stamina in his arm, some good long-toss, and once his arm feels it's ready to go, that'll be a huge hurdle."
LaTroy Hawkins (broken right pinkie) is scheduled to pitch in what could be his final rehab appearance for Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday.
Kendrys Morales went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs in Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Mariners. The Angels' designated hitter is now batting .320 (17-for-53) with four homers, 14 RBIs and 12 runs scored over his last 13 games.