Jered Weaver throws 30 pitches

Updated: June 12, 2012, 4:42 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver got on a bullpen mound at Dodger Stadium on Monday afternoon and gave his injured lower back its most rigorous test since he was put on the disabled list May 29.

Weaver threw 30 pitches from about halfway up the mound and, afterward, said it couldn't have felt better.

"It feels good, so obviously I want to start pushing it a little bit," Weaver said.

Weaver will have another bullpen session Tuesday -- this one from the rubber -- and will throw a simulated game by the end of the week. If all goes well, he could re-join the Angels' rotation in time for next week's home series against the San Francisco Giants, having missed less than three weeks.

"I think he'll be fine," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Also, catcher Chris Iannetta had to cut short a rehab stint with Single-A Inland Empire over the weekend because of some soreness in his right forearm. He has been on the DL since May 10 with a fractured right wrist.

Scioscia said Iannetta will take batting practice Tuesday and, if he feels OK, will re-start the rehab appearance some time around the middle of next week.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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