Loux looking to get healthy

Loux looking to get healthy

ANAHEIM -- Shane Loux had one focus as the Angels began their series with the Mariners on Friday night: get healthy.

Loux, who has been on the disabled list since May 24 with right shoulder inflammation, gradually is working his way back to pitching again.

"From our series with Los Angeles to now, I feel 10 times better," Loux said. "I am not pain free or at full range, but I should be there soon."

Once clear for baseball activities, which Loux expects to be in about one week, the righty will be begin the progression of first playing catch, then long toss, moving to flat ground and then finally pitching from a mound.

In eight games this season, Loux is 2-3 with a 5.40 ERA over 38 1/3 innings.

Yet, with the emergence of starter Matt Palmer and the imminent return of Kelvim Escobar to the starting rotation, Loux is uncertain as to what his role with be with the Angels when he returns.

"I want to pitch for the Angels," Loux said. "Worst-case scenario, I go back down to the Minors -- at least I am still pitching."

Either way, Loux will travel with the team to continue treatment on his shoulder when it begins a nine-game road trip on Tuesday in Toronto.

In 2008 with the Angels, he didn't record a decision in seven Major League appearances and finished the season with a 2.81 ERA.

Quinn Roberts is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.