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ANAHEIM -- Fernando Salas was expected to be activated off the disabled list by Thursday, but he remains on the mend, and now the Angels are pondering whether the veteran reliever needs to briefly go out on a rehab assignment to get acclimated.

Salas, on the DL since June 15 because of inflammation in his right shoulder, threw a bullpen session at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday that was supposed to be his final step. But Angels manager Mike Scioscia said it was "not quite as crisp."

"But he's close," Scioscia cautioned. "Nothing major."

Salas, 29, has a 2.96 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and a 2.55 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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