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Bullpen session finds Pineiro in good shape

Bullpen session finds Pineiro in good shape

OAKLAND -- Angels starter Joel Pineiro said he felt "very good" after a bullpen session Saturday at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, setting up a simulated four-inning, 60-pitch game set for Tuesday at Angel Stadium.

Pineiro, originally expected to be out for the season, has made a rapid and seemingly complete recovery from a strained left oblique suffered as he was warming up before a projected July 28 start at home against the Red Sox. The hope is to get him in shape for several starts before the season ends.

"This was a power 'pen," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It was a very aggressive 'pen, more than the normal bullpen. He was up and down several times. We're getting him closer to what would happen in a normal game."