Angels Notes: Cam Bedrosian ready to get on the mound

NEW YORK — Cam Bedrosian is about to take a key step toward the end of what has been a longer-than-expected stint on the disabled list.

Bedrosian is scheduled to throw off a mound on Monday, Manager Mike Scioscia said. It would be his first time off a mound since he was placed on the disabled list with a strained groin April 22.

At the time, Bedrosian felt he would miss only two weeks.

Scioscia said Bedrosian’s bullpen session will be “light.” Presumably, he’ll continue throwing off the mound, and increasing the intensity, every two or three days, until he’s ready for a rehab assignment.

If all goes well, it’s realistic to think he could be back in two to three weeks.

Huston Street, who is pitching in games in extended spring training, could also be back within that time. Street has been out all season with a strained lat.

STILL NO PUJOLS

Albert Pujols was out of the Angels lineup for the third game in a row on Sunday, nursing a tight right hamstring.

Pujols took batting practice before Saturday’s game, but apparently did not feel well enough for Scioscia to consider him available to even pinch-hit.

After Sunday’s series finale against the New York Mets, the Angels have four games against the Tampa Bay Rays, so they’ll again have the DH spot available for Pujols.

The Angels lost each of the first two games without Pujols, after losing four of six games earlier this month without Mike Trout, but Scioscia said the problems go beyond those players’ absences.

“If you’re going to be good you have to be able to absorb a player who is not swinging to his potential or is banged up and out of the lineup,” Scioscia said. “Our issue has been you have a guy banged up, along with four or five guys who aren’t in their game. That creates issues.”

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Angels Notes: Mike Trout works out on the field but sits out Wednesday’s game

OAKLAND — Mike Trout, who has been out with a tight left hamstring, went through about 20 minutes worth of agility drills on the field before Wednesday afternoon’s game.

Manager Mike Scioscia said he was “hoping” that if Trout can follow up Wednesday’s workout with a full test on Thursday — hitting, running the bases and taking fly balls — that he could be in the lineup Thursday night. Trout took batting practice on the field Tuesday night, the first time he’d done so since Saturday.

Trout has been out of the Angels lineup five days in a row, and six out of seven. Previously, he had missed as many as three straight games just once in his five years as an everyday player, and that was in 2013.

“Needless to say, he wants to play,” Scioscia said. “Short of begging, he wants to be out there. That decision is a medical staff decision. If it was up to us, he’d be out there. We want him out there, but this is the right course of action for him.”

Scioscia reiterated he doesn’t see DH as an option to get Trout back in the lineup sooner, even though he can hit.

“We would consider DH but a hamstring is a different animal,” Scioscia said. “It’s tough to sit down and stay warm between DHing, but if it comes to pass where he needs a couple days just to manage this, we can consider that. As far as swinging the bat, he’s great.”

ALL RIGHT

The Angels are in the midst of a string of nine consecutive games against right-handed starters, assuming the probable pitchers for this weekend’s four-game series against the Detroit Tigers go unchanged.

After facing Chicago White Sox lefty Derek Holland on Monday, they are scheduled to see two more righties. Then they have a three-city trip in which they’ll see the New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins, and those teams have two left-handed starters among them.

Although the length of C.J. Cron’s rehab assignment is a medical question, and not a baseball one, the prevalence of righties means the Angels aren’t missing much while he’s out, at least a few more days.

The Angels have been using Luis Valbuena against right-handed pitchers, so there doesn’t figure to be much playing time in the next couple weeks for Cron or Jefry Marte.

Besides that, the Angels have two upcoming series at National League parks, so Albert Pujols will probably start at first in most of those games.

The abundance of righties also likely means more playing time for Cliff Pennington. Danny Espinosa has been slumping badly, particularly against right-handed pitchers.

It could be good news for Ben Revere, a left-handed hitter who has been hot lately. Revere and Cameron Maybin have both been playing while Mike Trout has been out. When Trout returns, Revere could be the one who gets the majority of the playing time instead of the right-handed hitting Maybin.

ALSO

Pujols was out of the lineup Wednesday for a “recharge day,” Scioscia said. …

The San Diego Padres claimed right-hander Jose Valdez on waivers. The Angels had designated Valdez for assignment last week.

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Dodgers-Padres series finale postponed, rescheduled for Sept. 2

SAN DIEGO – Friday night, the Dodgers and Padres made a little bit of San Diego history by playing the longest nine-inning home game in San Diego history.

Sunday, they made a little bit of history by not playing. The series finale between the two NL West rivals was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Sept. 2 at Petco Park.

The rainout is only the third in the 14-year history of Petco Park. The decision was made more than two hours before the scheduled game time with rain in the forecast throughout the day.

Despite advance warnings Saturday about the pessimist weather forecast, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said a decision had not been made yet on what the Dodgers will do with their starting pitching plans. Right-hander Brandon McCarthy was scheduled to start Sunday.

“We could go with Brandon Monday (at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates) and push everybody back or skip Brandon and go with Alex (Wood),” Roberts said. “On one side, you keep everybody on their turn when they’ve already gotten an extra day. On the other, the way B-Mac is throwing you want to get him out there.

“You can kind of argue both ways. We’re going to talk it through and make a decision later today.”

McCarthy had already been pushed back so that Clayton Kershaw could start Saturday and not miss his start or get extended rest. Ostensibly, McCarthy suffered a minor injury to his left shoulder in a “weight room incident” earlier this week. But Roberts said that won’t be an overriding factor in Monday’s decision.

“Obviously if it’s too much of a concern, he wouldn’t be slated for today,” he said. “He’s sore but pitchable.”

The rainout could exacerbate an upcoming logjam in the Dodgers’ rotation. Roberts has said left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will be ready to come off the DL and pitch sometime later this week. Left-hander Rich Hill is scheduled to make a second rehab start on Tuesday and could be ready to rejoin the rotation after that.

“It could (get crowded),” Roberts said. “But we’ve dealt with it before.”

The day off does buy some time for outfielder Franklin Gutierrez who left Saturday’s game with an injury. Originally called “hip tightness,” Roberts referred to it as hamstring tightness on Sunday. Gutierrez already spent three weeks on the DL with a hamstring injury.

“I don’t see it as a DL situation,” Roberts said. “But today is probably a blessing for him.”

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