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07/23/08 3:22 PM ET
Napoli continues throwing program
Angels catcher is working toward rehab assignment
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Catcher Mike Napoli resumed his throwing program on Wednesday, and will travel with the team during its 10-game road trip beginning Friday with the hope that his injured throwing shoulder will progress enough to begin a rehab assignment. Napoli, who has been on the disabled list retroactive to June 6 because of an inflamed right shoulder, said the throwing program has been going well since it began Monday. "Everything's looking good right now," said Napoli, who is batting .204 with 12 home runs in 47 games. "I'm just trying to stay on the program and get healthy." He's been playing catch from 90 feet for about seven minutes at a time, but needs to be able to make the throw from home plate to second base before beginning a rehab assignment. "I think on the practice field he's going to have show us the ability to do things behind the plate he needs, including throwing to second base," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Then we'll get him out in some rehab games and see what happens from there." Scioscia has been encouraged by the progress of Napoli, but said there's still no timetable for his return. "Napoli came out of it well," Scioscia said. "He's going to repeat his throwing and step it up in Baltimore a little bit, but the timetable is still not crystallized because he's not far [enough] along to make a determination." In other injury news, Angels right-hander Jered Weaver was feeling better Wednesday after exiting Tuesday's game against the Indians after just three innings because of a knot in his right shoulder. "Weav is a little sore, but is feeling better than he could have been," Scioscia said. "But right now, we're pretty comfortable he'll make his next start." Weaver is scheduled to start Monday in Boston, and will benefit from an extra day of rest -- as the Angels have Thursday off.
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.