TEMPE, Ariz. -- It appears likely right-hander Joel Pineiro will make a brief appearance on the disabled list to open the season before making his first start on April 8 in the Angels' home opener against the Blue Jays, if all goes as planned.
The veteran experienced muscle soreness in his back, near his right shoulder blade, pitching on Sunday in Mesa.
"Pineiro will pitch here in a camp game on [Tuesday], and we'll see where he is," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Right now, he's questionable whether he's going to be active when we start the season.
"If he started on the DL, he'd be available on the 8th to pitch."
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If he had any say in the matter, Pineiro would try to convince his manager and pitching coach Mike Butcher that he'll be ready for a start in Kansas City or Tampa Bay in the opening week.
"I'm ready to go," Pineiro said. "I played catch yesterday and had no problems at all with it. I don't know exactly what they have in mind, but I feel fine. I'm throwing long toss today and [Friday].
"My goal is not to be on the DL."
They are not his favorite initials. An oblique strain last July 28 while he was warming up at Angel Stadium for a start against Boston sent him to the DL for almost two months, ending on Sept. 18. He made three superb starts (1.71 ERA) to finish a 10-7 season with a 3.84 ERA.
In the final year of his contract, Pineiro, 32, was having an impressive spring -- he's 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 innings -- when he felt the back muscle near the lattisimus dorsi tighten after throwing two innings against the Cubs in Mesa.
Wells rests with 'very mild' hamstring strain
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Vernon Wells, who tweaked his left hamstring running to first base on Wednesday against the Giants, won't play again until the Angels alight in Southern California for their final three exhibition games Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
"It's very mild," Angels manager Mike Sciosica said of the strain, "but something we're going to give a couple days to get to a better level. Vernon's played a lot of left field with [Peter] Bourjos in center. [Wells] has played a lot with Bobby [Abreu] and Torii [Hunter] on the wings.
"There's not a lot we're going to accomplish pushing this [with Wells]. He's going to play [Sunday]. Right now, he's got enough at-bats to be ready to start the season."
Wells said he would put a wrap on it and continue to play if it had happened in the regular season.
"You play through things like this all the time," he said.
Wells hit .279 in the Cactus League with a .419 slugging percentage and has handled the transition to left field smoothly after spending his entire 12-year career in Toronto in center. He had 31 homers and 88 RBIs last year for the Jays, batting .273 while committing no errors in 157 games.
Morales fitted for inserts as soreness subsides
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales has been fitted for orthotic inserts in both shoes and said the soreness on the ball of his left foot has diminished.
"The throbbing has gone down a lot," Morales said through Jose Mota's translation. "As soon as [the medical staff members] give me the OK to get into baseball activities, I'll get into that."
Morales, who will open the season on the disabled list, said he is leaving Arizona on Saturday and returning to Southern California. The Angels have three final exhibition games before the March 31 opener in Kansas City. He will not appear in any of those games.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.