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Recovering Vlad could return next week

Recovering Vlad could return next week

SEATTLE -- Mike Scioscia doesn't seem to think Vladimir Guerrero needs more than two or three games of Minor League rehab to get ready to rejoin the Angels next week.

"Usually in the spring, it takes him two or three pitches," the Angels manager said. "Two or three games might be overkill."

That said, Guerrero, out since April 16 with a torn pectoral (chest) muscle, has increased the intensity of his workouts enough that he should be set to leave the Angels in the middle of the week to join Class A Rancho Cucamonga, most likely as the team's designated hitter for the three-game set the Quakes will play at Lake Elsinore beginning on Friday night.

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If all goes well, Guerrero will be the Angels' DH on May 25 at home against the Chicago White Sox.

"He did a lot of work on the defensive side, more as a workout," Scioscia said on Monday. "He ran the bases very aggressively and he took a power [batting-practice session]."

Guerrero then put on a home run show in another few rounds of BP on the field. He said he feels no pain in his chest.

Don't expect Guerrero to be playing the outfield any time soon, however.

According to Scioscia, there's "no indication of when he'll be able to throw a baseball." Guerrero, who has expressed displeasure with the DH role in the past, didn't seem to have the same reservations when asked about it Monday.

"You know I've got to play," Guerrero said. "That's it."

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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