08/31/07 10:30 PM ET
Notes: Napoli suffers minor setback
Scioscia indicates catcher still on course to return soon
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
"Very good reports on Colon," Scioscia said. "He pitched well, and his velocity was good. He carried through to almost 70 pitches, which was good. He took a step forward, definitely. Hopefully, he'll be in the 85- to 90-pitch range on Wednesday. It'll be a good test for him."Scioscia said a decision has not been made on Monday's starter against the A's. It is Ervin Santana's spot in the rotation, but he has struggled his past two starts. Dustin Moseley, who pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Santana in Seattle, is a candidate. Another option is having Weaver work on his regular fifth day coming off a superb effort against the Mariners. Figgins hits: For the first time since bruising a bone on the outside of his left wrist swinging the bat against the Yankees on Aug. 21, Chone Figgins had a bat in his hands, taking swings from the left side at balls on a tee. The AL's fourth leading hitter at .335, Figgins said it "went all right" -- but he's not ready to play again. "I'm making progress," he said. "But it's still sore in there. I'm just happy I can do this. After it happened, I was worried I wouldn't be able to play at all." Rivera due Sunday: Outfielder Juan Rivera is expected to rejoin the Angels on Sunday after breaking his left tibia in a winter baserunning incident in Venezuela. He had surgery on Dec. 27 and began the long comeback during Spring Training. Rivera has 12 RBIs in 13 games for Triple-A Salt Lake, hitting .235. He hit .310 for the Angels last year, with 23 homers and 85 RBIs in 124 games. Given his long layoff, he figures to serve as a right-handed bat off the bench. Pitching depth on the way: Scioscia said the club is focusing on pitching with its Sept. 1 callups. Outrighting right-hander Steven Shell to Salt Lake on Friday, the Angels opened a spot on the 40-man roster that could go to another Salt Lake right-hander, Jason Bulger. In 49 relief appearances, Bulger has 81 strikeouts against 25 walks across 53 2/3 innings, going 5-2 with a 3.69 ERA and 10 saves. On Aug. 31 in Angels history: Nolan Ryan delivered his third straight shutout in 1972, beating Detroit, 4-0. The Express gave up three singles and two walks, striking out 10. First baseman Bob Oliver, father of Angels lefty Darren Oliver, had two hits and drove in a run in support of Ryan. Up next: Kelvim Escobar (15-6, 2.77 ERA) faces right-hander Edinson Volquez in his 2007 debut for the Rangers in Saturday's 12:55 p.m. PT matinee at Angel Stadium.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.