Found July 30, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
The slim playoff chances of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim may have dropped further with last night's heartbreaking loss in Texas, but the day was not without a degree of positive news on the injury front. As usual, Halos manager Mike Scioscia held his daily pregame press meeting reassuring the general public that the Angels would not be giving up on the season. With trade rumors swirling, Scioscia sidestepped the expected barrage of questions in favor of updates on a trio of ailing players. Namely Jason Vargas, Sean Burnett, and Peter Bourjos. Vargas in particular, has made swift progress as he recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot from his left armpit area. Tossing a final bullpen session on Monday, next on the agenda for the southpaw will be throwing a simulated game on Thursday. If all goes well, a rehab assignment should follow shortly thereafter, and a potential return to the rotation by mid-August could be in play. "Our medical department's totally happy with where the surgery was," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's fine. There are no restrictions there. It's a matter of getting his arm in shape." Left-handed reliever Sean Burnett has missed more than a month with elbow pain, but with a diagnosis clear of any structural damage, he has returned to the mound to forge his way back into the Angels bullpen. Joining Vargas in Monday's bullpen session, Burnett has been brought along slowly to rebuild his arm strength and stamina. A rehabilitation stint has not yet been determined, but a return to game action by late-August is not out of the realm of possibility. "Felt pretty good," Burnett said. "It was just 20 pitches, but it was progress since I couldn't throw five or six the last time." Outfielder Peter Bourjos out of action since July 1st with a fractured right wrist, resumed hitting activities on Monday for the first time since his injury. The speedster alternated between hitting off a tee and in soft toss, accumulating around 40 swings without any discomfort. Bourjos had been only recently cleared to hit, after enduring a momentary setback earlier in the month as his sore wrist healed.  The often injured Bourjos missed time earlier this season with a left hamsting strain, but found success when healthy posting a .332/.397/.457 batting line in 147 plate appearances. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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