Injured Angels slowly getting healthy

Injured Angels slowly getting healthy

SEATTLE -- Angels lefty reliever Sean Burnett, who was unavailable on Monday and Tuesday because of tightness in his left forearm, feels fine now and was ready to pitch on Thursday if needed. The club's medical staff told Burnett the tightness was a normal byproduct of offseason surgery to remove bone spurs.

"It was just tight for a couple days," Burnett said. "It's fine now. I changed medicine and it worked."

Shortstop Erick Aybar, out since April 9 because of a bruised left heel, played five innings in extended spring training on Thursday, as scheduled, and will be reevaluated on Friday. The switch-hitting shortstop is already eligible to come off the disabled list, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he'll play in at least one more game in Arizona.

Third baseman Alberto Callaspo, nursing a right calf strain since April 11, is running sprints and taking part in pregame activities, but isn't expected back in the lineup at least until the team returns home on May 2. Moving side to side is still giving him pain.

"I'd prefer to wait a few days to make sure I'm healthy instead of having to be out like six weeks because I tried to come back too fast," Callaspo said in Spanish. "I want to play, but I have to be careful."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.