Downs back on his feet

Downs back on his feet

ARLINGTON -- Scott Downs, having lost six pounds with a virus that kept him confined to the team hotel in Chicago, was back in uniform with the Angels for an afternoon workout on Monday before heading to the hotel to rest.

Like teammate and fellow former Blue Jay, Vernon Wells, Downs has had a less-than-enjoyable start with the Angels after signing a three-year deal in December.

A fractured big toe had the veteran southpaw on the disabled list to start the season. Activated on April 10, Downs made his debut a day later and worked a perfect inning. He made one more appearance, getting two outs while allowing a hit, before the virus surfaced.

In Toronto, he was a study in endurance. In 237 2/3 innings pitched since 2007, his 2.35 ERA is the best among left-handed relievers in the Majors.