Angels Notes: Scott Downs, Kendrys Morales making strides


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Left-hander Scott Downs, on the disabled list with a broken toe, threw 15 pitches in a simulated game, then did some fielding drills early Tuesday afternoon at Tropicana Field. He could make a minor league rehab appearance soon and, if there are no setbacks, could be back in the Angels bullpen by the end of the coming homestand.

Kendrys Morales, out since May with a broken ankle, is also making progress in his rehab. He moved well in a fast-paced fielding drill at first base Tuesday and took part in batting practice. The Angels hope to test his ankle with some straight-line running while in St. Petersburg, but there is no timetable for his return.


Meanwhile, Vernon Wells, who is trying to rehab his batting stroke, was on the field for early batting practice five hours before Tuesday’s game. Wells was 3 for 18 (.167) in the Angels’ season-opening series in Kansas City.


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