ANAHEIM -- As good as it has been for the Angels lately -- winning 10 of their last 12 games and climbing to within 4 1/2 games of first place in the American League West -- they've been do so with some important players injured.
Angels reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who has been on the disabled list since May 7 with a fractured pinky on his right hand, pitched in a rehab appearance on Sunday with High Class A Inland Empire. He allowed a homer and single and struck out two in one inning of work.
The righty is on pace to throw again on Tuesday, and manager Mike Scioscia said the team will reevaluate his progress after that.
Starter Jered Weaver, who was placed on the DL on May 29 with a lower back strain, said he is feeling no pain when long-tossing from flat ground. He's throwing from 120 feet but has not yet reached the full-length long-toss of 200-feet or so. There's no timetable for when he will throw off the mound.
"Obviously the angle of the mound is going to play a little part in how things feel," Weaver said. "You get something from flat ground, but you're not going to exert as much energy as you would coming off the mound."
Catcher Chris Iannetta, who has missed 20 games while recovering from surgery on a fractured right wrist, has been cleared for long-tossing and is swinging a bat.
Iannetta, who went on the DL on May 10, said his 6-to-8 week recovery schedule still stands.