Lefty Downs strong in return from twisted ankle

Lefty Downs strong in return from twisted ankle

ANAHEIM -- Angels reliever Scott Downs pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his first game back after twisting his right ankle covering first base on Thursday in Minnesota.

Downs underwent an MRI on Friday that revealed no significant damage, and manager Mike Scioscia said had the club needed Downs on Sunday, he would have used the veteran left-hander.

In 3 1/3 innings this season, Downs hasn't allowed a run and has surrendered three hits, including a double to Josh Reddick in Monday's 6-0 victory.

Scioscia also said righty reliever Bobby Cassevah is close to returning after he began the season on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

Cassevah hasn't allowed a run in each of his four one-inning outings with Class A Inland Empire. Scioscia said his velocity has improved since he began throwing there.