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Friday, July 13, 2012
Injuries progressing as planned

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Angels right-hander Dan Haren threw a full bullpen Thursday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with stiffness in his lower back on July 4, manager Mike Scioscia said Friday.

Haren will throw another bullpen Saturday, Scioscia added. The Angels will then make a determination on whether Haren is ready to make a rehab start or throw a simulated game.

“We’re gonna take it one step at a time, but we’re very encouraged by the way he threw his ‘pen,” Scioscia said.

Haren is 6-8 with a 4.86 ERA in 17 starts for the Angels this season.

Catcher Chris Iannetta (right wrist surgery) will tentatively throw to the bases early next week in Detroit, Scoiscia said.

“His arm came out really strong from his throwing program he did over the break,” Scoiscia said. “He’ll do some long-toss this weekend to build some strength.”

Outfielder Vernon Wells (thumb surgery) took batting practice on the field Friday. Scoiscia said needs to swing the bat pain-free for at least a week before starting a rehab assignment.

In other news, the Angels announced they have signed 36 of their 38 draft picks before the deadline. The only non-signings were shortstop Jeff Kemp (31st round) and catcher Justin Morhardt (39th round).