Bourjos on brink of starting rehab assignment

Bourjos on brink of starting rehab assignment

ANAHEIM -- Peter Bourjos' eventual return from a strained left hamstring finally has some clarity.

The Angels' center fielder -- and for now, that's the position he's expected to return to, regardless of how well Mike Trout has hit since moving back to his original position -- ran the bases for the first time prior to Wednesday's game and manager Mike Scioscia said "there's no doubt" he'll begin playing in Minor League games next week.

"It feels really good," Bourjos said. "Every day it's gotten better, and today is the strongest it's felt and it was obviously the hardest I've pushed it."

Bourjos will take a day off Thursday, then run the bases on back-to-back days Friday and Saturday. If that goes well, the next step will be to venture out on a rehab assignment. Bourjos' injury originally carried an estimated timeline of four to six weeks. Monday marked four weeks, June 10 will mark six weeks -- and Bourjos expects to be back by then.

"I should be back within that time frame," he said. "I don't think it's going to be any longer than six weeks -- unless I have a setback, obviously."

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.