05/31/12 3:10 AM ET
Halos cautiously work Hunter back into shape
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
On Tuesday night, he realized how wrong he was.
"When you get out here and get in baseball shape, it's totally different," Hunter said after going 1-for-4 in his return. "Third inning, I wanted somebody to bring me some water in the outfield."
So the Angels gave their right fielder a day off for Wednesday's series finale against the Yankees, with manager Mike Scioscia using Thursday's scheduled day off to give Hunter two days off his feet before the weekend series against the Rangers.
Jokes aside, Hunter -- on the restricted list since May 14 to deal with a personal matter -- said he actually "feels great."
"But I understand, it's for the long term," he added. "You don't want to go out there and try to push too much and blow something out, so Scioscia is being cautious."
Angels line up starters for weekend showdown
ANAHEIM -- The Angels essentially have their rotation set for the weekend series against the Rangers, with Jerome Williams starting Friday's opener opposite Colby Lewis, C.J. Wilson getting a rematch against Yu Darvish on Saturday and Dan Haren likely to start the finale on Sunday, vs. lefty Matt Harrison.
Sunday was supposed to be Jered Weaver's day, but the ace right-hander was placed on the disabled list with a lower back injury on Tuesday. Because of the Thursday off-day, Haren -- who gave up one run in seven-plus innings in a win over the Yankees on Tuesday -- will pitch that game on normal rest.
Righty Garrett Richards, called up from Triple-A to take Weaver's spot in the rotation, will likely start Monday or Tuesday at home vs. the Mariners.
Wilson's first encounter with Darvish took place May 11 but hardly played out. A two-hour rain delay in the first inning that night took Wilson out of the game after facing just five batters -- though Darvish came back to pitch 5 1/3 innings of an eventual 10-3 victory -- and Wilson got the win the following afternoon.
The Angels finished May at 18-11, after an 8-15 April, tying the White Sox for the second-best record in the month and trailing only the Marlins (21-8). Those 18 wins were one shy of the club record for victories in May, set in 2002 (19-7).
The Angels have homered in seven straight contests and eight of their last 10 games.
On Thursday, Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson will be doing an in-store event with Victoria's Secret model Elsa Hosk to promote the MLB Victoria's Secret PINK co-branded line, which now features the Angels. Wilson and Hosk will do a meet and greet with the first 100 fans at the Victoria's Secret PINK store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif.
The Victoria's Secret PINK MLB Collection launched in 2010 and now includes all 30 teams, with seven clubs (including the Angels) added to the mix for this season.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.