Angels reliever Jordan Walden is officially on the disabled list with a strained right bicep, but that's a result of compensating for pain in his neck and shoulder area. A recent MRI on his neck showed no structural damage. Walden is still taking anti-inflammatories, but said he should be throwing "soon."
He believes taking care of the issue will get him back to throwing in the 98-99 mph range he consistently pitched at last year, rather than the 96-97 range he's been at this season.
"It'll come back," Walden said. "I have a feeling my velo will be back."
Vernon Wells (right thumb) went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a stolen base during his rehab assignment for Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, making him 5-for-11 in three games with the Bees. Chris Iannetta (right forearm) went 0-for-4 with a walk as the designated hitter. He caught five innings on Saturday and threw out a would-be basestealer.
Heading into Sunday's action, Torii Hunter (107.5 mph), Mark Trumbo (107.3 mph) and the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton (107.1) had the fastest average home run velocity in the Majors.
Albert Pujols' two-run homer in Sunday's 7-4 win over the Rangers gave him 18 on the year and 463 for his career, which is tied with Chipper Jones for 32nd on the all-time list. Pujols has five homers in his last 11 games.