Calhoun eyeing mid-May rehab assignment

Calhoun eyeing mid-May rehab assignment

ANAHEIM -- Kole Calhoun continues to make steady progress in his return from a sprained right ankle.

The Angels' right fielder and leadoff hitter suffered the injury after crossing first base on April 15, and he is hopeful of starting a rehab assignment at the four-week mark, which would fall right around the time his team returns from a six-game road trip through Toronto and Philadelphia on May 15.

For now, Calhoun -- long removed from his days of having to wear a protective boot -- is playing catch, hitting off the tee and running with 55-percent body weight on a specialized treadmill.

"I think it's just going to come down to getting my feet back under me, and running and cutting and decelerating are going to be a challenge, when that comes," Calhoun said. "But it's getting better every day. I'm really optimistic right now. I'm hoping to lean more toward that four-week timetable, but it's really whatever my ankle can take. I think once I can run and slow down, I'm pretty sure I'll get the OK to start rehab games or something."

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