Saturday, June 14, 2008

Angels Kelvim Escobar Progressing Well

Kelvim Escobar's career was thought to be in jeopardy at the beginning of the season, but he now might return before the All-Star break. Escobar threw a 45-pitch bullpen session Friday and will throw to live batters for the first time on Tuesday. He could begin a rehab assignment soon.

Despite winning 18 games as a starter in 2007, Escobar will not necessarily return to that role. The Angels think his injured shoulder may respond better to pitching in relief, but no decision has been made.  If the Angels decide to continue using him as a starter, an August return is most likely because he will need to build endurance.