Hawkins progressing, throws off mound

Hawkins progressing, throws off mound

SEATTLE -- Veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins, on the disabled list since May 7 with a broken right pinkie, threw off a mound for the first time Friday.

"It wasn't a full-gorilla 'pen, but he did enough to test some things," manager Mike Scioscia said. "You just have to make sure the arm slot's right, everything's good, and he still gets the extension. It's a step forward, for sure."

But there's still no timetable for his return. Scioscia said Hawkins is "obviously not quite game-ready" yet, with the club needing to see how he bounces back from the bullpen session to determine how many more he needs and whether he'll require a rehab assignment.

Even without the 39-year-old Hawkins -- owner of a 1.08 ERA in 10 games this year -- the Angels' relief corps has stepped up recently, posting a 0.89 ERA over the last 30 1/3 innings.