Thatcher, Green need more time with injuries

Thatcher, Green need more time with injuries

BOSTON -- Angels reliever Joe Thatcher was hoping to return from a sprained left ankle by Friday, for the start of a three-game weekend series against the A's, but "that may be a little too aggressive," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said from Fenway Park on Monday.

Thatcher, Scioscia added, "is still a ways away." The veteran lefty specialist, out since Aug. 3, is rehabbing in Arizona and hasn't thrown off a mound yet.

Utility man Grant Green, on the disabled list with a lumbar strain since July 23 and also rehabbing in Arizona, ran the bases recently and is close to going out on a rehab assignment.

Asked if Green can join the Angels before their 10-game road trip ends Sunday, Scioscia said "that's probably a long shot."

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