General Manager Bill Bavasi sat in the dugout four hours before game time Saturday, watching the pitcher's mound.
Manager Buck Rodgers and Assistant General Manager Tim Mead stood behind the batter's cage, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez was crouched behind the mound, and nearly a dozen Angels were on the field wanting to take a good look for themselves.
Mark Langston was pitching his first simulated game since undergoing arthroscopic elbow surgery April 12.
By the time Langston concluded his four-inning stint, it was as if the Angels had just received permission to print playoff tickets. He yielded only three hits and struck out seven while pitching to Rex Hudler, Chris Turner and Spike Owen.
Langston is scheduled to be examined today by Dr. Lewis Yocum, and if he is provides clearance, Langston will start on the upcoming trip in either Texas or Seattle.
"I couldn't feel better," Langston said. "I feel I've got more extension on the arm than I did before surgery. Really, this has worked out as good as it possibly could."
Reliever John Dopson has a bone spur in his right elbow, and if he feels the spur confines him, he will undergo arthroscopic surgery. . . . First baseman Eduardo Perez underwent a magnetic resonance imaging test on the strained ligament of his left hand. He suffered the injury April 26 in New York, and his hand still has not healed.