• Ryan Madson threw another 20-pitch bullpen session at about 50-percent intensity on Thursday, his second since being shut down with elbow soreness on Feb. 1. Madson and pitching coach Mike Butcher said the Angels' potential closer felt good and came out of it healthy. Madson did the same thing on Monday.
• With Mark Trumbo slated to serve as the designated hitter on most nights, it could be beneficial for one of the Angels' reserves to be adept at first base, in case something happens to Albert Pujols in-game. Using Trumbo in that scenario would negate the DH. Scioscia said the team can counteract that by subbing Howie Kendrick there. Kendrick has appeared in 78 Major League games at first base, including two last season.
• Pujols started at designated hitter and ran for himself for the second straight day on Thursday. Pujols, who isn't expected to start at first base for at least another week, hit two singles and grounded out, putting his Cactus League batting average at .429 (6-for-14). He didn't have to do much running his first time on and came out for a pinch-runner after his third plate appearance.
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