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Peter Bourjos suffers a setback

Broken bone in Bourjos' wrist hasn't fully healed, meaning the center fielder won't be back before August.

July 18, 2013|By Mike DiGiovanna

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X-rays taken this week showed that the broken bone in Peter Bourjos' right wrist hasn't fully healed, a setback that will delay the return of the center fielder by one or two more weeks.

Bourjos, injured when he was hit by a pitch June 29, hoped to be back by the end of July, but he has been able to only throw and run; he hasn't picked up a bat.

"It's better than it was, but it's still sore," Bourjos said Thursday. "The doctor looked at the X-rays and didn't see a whole lot of healing. He said to hold off on hitting."

Bourjos, who missed six weeks of May and June because of a left hamstring strain and was batting .326 when he injured his wrist, will be reexamined Friday. If he is cleared to hit next week, he could return by early August.

Rehab report

Left-handers Jason Vargas and Sean Burnett have extended their long-toss programs to 140 feet, and both could resume throwing off a mound within a week to 10 days.

Vargas, who underwent surgery to remove a blood clot in his left armpit June 26, is 6-4 with a 3.65 earned-run average, and his return by early August would boost a rotation that ranks 11th in the American League with a 4.57 ERA.

Burnett, out since May 28, has an ERA of 0.93, but the reliever has been limited by elbow problems to 13 games.

"He feels good, but the real issue for Sean is getting off a mound and turning it loose," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's going to take a lot more work."

Short hops

Pitching matchups for the Angels-Oakland series: Jered Weaver (3-5, 3.63) vs. A.J. Griffin (8-6, 3.68) Friday night; C.J. Wilson (9-6, 3.37) vs. Dan Straily (6-2, 4.28) Saturday night, Jerome Williams (5-5, 4.60) vs. Bartolo Colon (12-3, 2.70) Sunday. … Scioscia needs one more win to become the 39th manager (fifth active) with 1,200 wins.

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