ANAHEIM -- When the Angels depart Southern California for a three-game series in Chicago starting on Friday night, Kendrys Morales, Erick Aybar and Joel Pineiro will head to Arizona to continue to rehab their respective injuries.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Aybar, who's been sidelined since April 3 with a left oblique strain, will work out through the weekend and possibly be activated on Monday. In three games this year, Aybar is 5-for-12 with three doubles and two RBIs.
Pineiro, out with right shoulder tenderness, is expected to throw a bullpen session and probably a simulated game during his time in Arizona.
"We're debating whether [the simulated game will] be Saturday, Sunday or Monday," Scioscia said, "depending on how his bullpens go."
Scott Kazmir will spend the weekend in Houston and then join the Angels for their three-game series in Arlington, Texas, against the Rangers starting on Monday. Kazmir lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his only start of the season, giving up five runs on five hits on April 3 in Kansas City. Kazmir was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 8 (retroactive to April 4) with lower back soreness.
Morales on the mend from ankle woes
ANAHEIM -- For the second consecutive day, Kendrys Morales ran on the field at Angel Stadium, showing progress in his continued rehabilitation from left ankle surgery.
Prior to Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Indians, Morales ran 10 interval sprints of 110 feet, the same program he went through before Tuesday's game.
"Same program, but much better, much better," manager Mike Scioscia said. "[Morales] picked up the intensity; [he] felt better."
While it appears Morales is headed in the right direction, Scioscia said the club was cautiously optimistic.
"We've been through this since Spring Training where we really felt good about where he was, and he hit a plateau," Scioscia said. "So it's going to take more than one workout for us to really get excited and say, 'Hey, he's really close.' But from what he did yesterday to what he did today was noticeably better. He feels good about it. The medical staff feels good about it."
Once Morales is ready, Scioscia said it's likely that his first rehab assignment will take place in Arizona. Where the Angels will send him after that will depend largely on the weather.
"We'll look for a decent climate," Scioscia said. "Sometimes it's still bad up in Salt Lake. You don't want him to go up there and get rained out for two or three days. But we'll see how it goes."
Scioscia not down on headfirst slides
ANAHEIM -- In the wake of injuries to the Rangers' Josh Hamilton and the Dodgers' Rafael Furcal, Mike Scioscia was asked before Wednesday's game if his club has a policy on headfirst slides.
"No, guys have been sliding headfirst for 100 years," Scioscia said. "Sometimes it's the only way to avoid a tag.
"We don't ban a headfirst slide. But certainly you like to see the good, hard popup slide, hook slide, slides that maybe have a little less inherent risk. Especially at home plate, we do discourage headfirst slides at home."
Hamilton fractured his right arm on Tuesday while attempting to score on foul popup in the first inning of the Rangers' game against Detroit. Hamilton is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
On Monday, Furcal broke his left thumb when he slid into third base in San Francisco and will likely be out four to six weeks.
Scioscia said it's "virtually impossible" to avoid headfirst slides all together, especially on pickoff plays at first base. But what the Angels do is emphasize technique to their players for when they opt to slide headfirst.
"I think there's a proper way to do it," Scioscia said. "There's a proper way to use more of your chest as opposed to your shoulders. It's more of a slide and not a dive."
David Ely is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.