Jered Weaver (biceps tendinitis) threw what manager Mike Scioscia called a "touch-and-feel" bullpen session prior to Tuesday's game and is ready to go for Thursday.
Maicer Izturis, who exited Saturday's game with a rib-cage injury, still isn't taking part in baseball activities, but X-rays came back negative and he believes he should start taking grounders within the next couple of days.
In the ninth inning of Monday's 3-1 loss to the Athletics, former closer Jordan Walden made only his second appearance of September, striking out two batters and giving up one hit.
Asked pregame about Walden's role in the bullpen, Scioscia said: "There's no doubt Jordan has a role. I think we've been on such a streak that you're seeing some guys that have been used ahead of him -- guys like [Kevin Jepsen] and [Ernesto] Frieri and [Scott] Downs -- and as our starters have gone longer, they've absorbed some of the innings that Jordan might have had. We still like where he is and what he can do."