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Friday, May 20, 2011
Scioscia updates progress of Kendrick, Kazmir, Wells

By Noel Piñeiro Planas

ANAHEIM - - Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia updated the injury conditions of Howie Kendrick, Scott Kazmir and Vernon Wells before Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves.

On Kendrick, the second baseman turned temporary left fielder, Scioscia said he would give him Friday’s game off to help him rest a sore hamstring.

“It’s just a little tight," Scioscia said. "I’ll rest him tonight and reevaluate him tomorrow. Hopefully, we will play him sometime during the weekend.”

The aggressive Kendrick is probably feeling the effects of longer defensive runs in the outfield compared to shorter sprints in the infield. Scioscia hopes the tightness is nothing serious, though he said a bad hamstring is something that can prevent any player for executing in any position. He also said he needs Kendrick in left field until Wells comes back from the DL.

Regarding Wells, Scioscia said he was already working rehab exercises in the pool. The center fielder, who went to the DL on May 10 because of a right groin strain, still does not have a return day set.

“It’s going to take a while," Scioscia said. "Not months, but he’s not day to day. Evidently progress in him will be known when he can move without pain and not feel hurt.  That’s what he’s working on right know.

Scioscia said Kazmir will come to Anaheim to throw a bullpen session Saturday. He did that as well Tuesday and Thursday in Salt Lake City, where the team's Triple-A affiliate plays.

“In the last outing, he pitched about 100 pitches into the seventh inning," Scioscia said. "I saw videos of about the half of those. And all I can say is that as far as delivery and motion, you can’t see anything  that will hold him back. He felt better about his stuff, but still has a ways to go. And he wasn’t really pitch efficient. He had a lot of pitches around 88 (mph). Wasn’t as crisp as what we would have thought he could, but probably commanded the ball better than he had recently.”

Scioscia says he hopes Kazmir is close to a rehab assignment.