Enter ace John Lackey, who is expected to rejoin the team on Monday and is slated to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday vs. the White Sox.
Manager Mike Scioscia noted that the club was encouraged by Lackey's final extended spring start on Friday in Arizona, as the right-hander tossed 88 pitches over six innings and reported no problems. Lackey opened the season on the disabled list with a strained right triceps.
The 29-year-old, who led the Angels in wins (19), ERA (3.01), starts (33), innings pitched (224) and strikeouts (179) last season, will bolster a rotation that has already performed better than expected.
Joe Saunders started the season 6-0 before being handed his first loss on Saturday night, while Ervin Santana came into Sunday's start with a 2.02 ERA. Both hurlers entered Spring Training fighting for a rotation spot.
Another arm could be on the way soon, as right-hander Dustin Moseley has been progressing well and could return during the Angels' seven-game homestand. The hurler is slated to toss five innings -- around 60 pitches -- on Monday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, after two successful bullpen sessions last week.
Although the Angels' disabled list is slowly getting less crowded, the club isn't completely out of the woods. In addition to Saturday night's decision to place Chone Figgins on the DL with a right hamstring strain, the club also continues to be without the services of Howie Kendrick.
Although the Angels disabled list is slowly getting less crowded, the club isn't completely out of the woods. In addition to Saturday night's decision to place Chone Figgins on the DL with a right hamstring strain, the club also continues to be without the services of Howie Kendrick.
Kendrick went 3-for-3 with two home runs in his last rehab stint on Tuesday, but has been plagued by a nagging left hamstring and has not played since. Scioscia said the team would continue to evaluate Kendrick upon returning to Anaheim on Monday.
Prior to his injury, suffered on April 13 vs. Seattle, Kendrick was batting .500 and had reached base safely in nine of his last 10 games.
Brittany Ghiroli is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less