• Jason Vargas (blood clot) and Sean Burnett (left elbow) each threw bullpens Monday. For Vargas, it was an up-and-down 'pen and he could pitch in a sim game in three days if he responds well. For Burnett, it was his third bullpen session. There's still no word on when he can take the next step.
• Peter Bourjos (right wrist) took some batting practice for the first time on Monday, hitting about 40 balls off a tee and in soft toss with no lingering pain in a fractured right wrist that has kept him out since July 1.
• Right-hander Billy Buckner, designated for assignment to make room for J.C. Gutierrez on Thursday, cleared waivers on Sunday and was outrighted to Triple-A.
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