Freese, the Angels' third baseman, suffered a broken finger when he was hit by a pitch on July 22. He had hoped to return in three weeks, and he has resumed hitting, but Manager
"It's getting better," Scioscia said Sunday, "but it's not where it needs to be for him to go out and play third base in a rehab game."
To accelerate Freese's recovery, Scioscia said the Angels could send him on a minor league rehabilitation assignment as a designated hitter, then activate him in the major leagues as soon as he can throw freely.
Freese is batting .240 and ranks fourth on the Angels with 11 home runs.