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Angels catcher Bobby Wilson expected to begin minor league rehab assignment this week

May 10, 2010 |  7:14 pm


Angels catcher Bobby Wilson, who suffered a concussion and a left-ankle strain in a violent home-plate collision with Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees on April 23, went through a full workout before Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays and expects to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday or Wednesday.

"I blocked the plate, I threw, I bunted, I ran the bases, did agility drills and hit," said Wilson, who was injured while making his first big league start. "I got Camp Scioscia out of the way."

The headaches Wilson experienced in the wake of the injury subsided about two weeks ago. If Wilson is cleared by doctors on Monday, he will begin playing at Rancho Cucagmonga on Tuesday or Wednesday and could be activated by the Angels as early as this weekend.

Wilson said he watched several replays of the collision, "but it's over with, I've let it go," he said. "If I were to harp on it, that would be living in the past."

Wilson, however, did receive a nice picture of the collision from a photographer who captured the action that night.

"I'm sure it will be one of those things you tell your kids some day," Wilson said. "This is what happened to your dad when he got his first major league start -- he got knocked out."

--Mike DiGiovanna

Photo: Angels catcher Bobby Wilson gets knocked backward after Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira crashed into him on a play at the plate April 23. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times