Aybar targeting a Monday night return

Aybar targeting a Monday night return

Aybar targeting a Monday night return
CHICAGO -- Everything still appears good to go for Angels shortstop Erick Aybar to return from the disabled list on Monday in Oakland.

Aybar has been testing his right big toe, doing running and cutting drills while also taking ground balls at U.S. Cellular Field and says there's no lingering pain.

"Every day it's better and better," said Aybar, who'd been scuffling at the plate prior to breaking the toe on a foul ball on July 21 against Texas. "I've been doing some running the past three days and it feels good, so we'll see tomorrow. I want to help my team and continue to help them win every day."

Aybar is one of three Angels regulars currently working their way back from the disabled list. Reliever Jordan Walden (biceps tendinitis) played long toss all weekend here in his throwing regimen and hopes to get back on the mound for a bullpen session Monday, while left-handed reliever Scott Downs (shoulder strain) plans to start his throwing regimen off flat ground.

How important is it for the Angels to get everybody back for the stretch run in a tight American League West race with Oakland and first-place Texas?

"It's everything," Aybar said. "You have to be 100 percent, so you do everything you can [to get healthy]. We're not looking at the Rangers, though. We just look at who we're playing today and just try to win as many games as we can. That's the key right now, and we'll see."