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Figgins getting closer to rehab stint

Figgins getting closer to rehab stint

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OAKLAND -- Chone Figgins ran the bases for the second time Friday and "didn't feel anything" -- a good sign in his effort to get back into the Angels lineup after missing a month with a strained right hamstring.

"There was no pain today," Figgins said, having run first-to-third three times and first-to-home once. "It felt good. Tuesday when I ran [in Seattle] it felt a little sore -- sometimes when I ran."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Figgins wasn't quite ready to play in Minor League rehab games but thinks that could happen "early next week -- and he'll probably start at [Class A] Rancho [Cucamonga], since it's closer."

The Angels open a nine-game homestand Monday night against the Rays. The Braves and Mets will follow Tampa Bay into Anaheim for six games of Interleague Play.

"He's going to have to repeat these workouts to make sure he can do those things he needs to do," Scioscia said. "Today was a great step. He definitely feels better than in Seattle."

Figgins injured the hamstring sliding into home plate on May 3 against the Orioles at Angel Stadium. He returned to play against the Blue Jays in Toronto on May 21 and aggravated the leg in the area of the hamstring -- "a different location," Scioscia said.

Maicer Izturis has taken some of the sting out of Figgins' absence lately with some quality hitting in the leadoff spot. Izturis led off Friday night's game with a homer against Joe Blanton.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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