ANAHEIM -- The Angels are still unsure when Jason Vargas will rejoin the starting rotation, but if Saturday's simulated game is any indication, he is getting much closer.
Prior to the Angels' game Saturday against the Blue Jays, Vargas threw 50 pitches in a three-inning simulated game and felt "really good," according to manager Mike Scioscia.
"I think his stuff looked good," Scioscia said. "As he went on, I think he really brought on some of the pitches he is going to need, his changeup and breaking ball, into the workout."
Although Vargas will likely need to pitch in a rehab assignment before he rejoins the rotation, the team is not yet declaring the next step.
The Angels will wait a day or two to see how Vargas feels then likely have him throw a bullpen session and go from there.
Before the left-hander was placed on the disabled list with a blood clot near his left armpit, he was 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.