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Kelvim Escobar, Mike Napoli making progress recovering from injuries

March 11, 2009 | 10:41 am

Kelvim Escobar pitching in 2007. TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels do not play an exhibition game today, but there are a few medical updates on key players who are recovering from shoulder surgery.

Pitcher Kelvim Escobar, who missed the entire 2008 season, mixed in some breaking balls during a 55-pitch bullpen workout today and will be pushed to 60 pitches in his next bullpen workout, scheduled for Saturday. If all goes well, Escobar will begin throwing batting practice to hitters next week.

Catcher Mike Napoli increased his long-toss program to 150 feet today and will extend himself to 180 feet over the next few days. Napoli said he is feeling no discomfort in the shoulder. The next step after he reaches 180-200 feet will be to throw on back-to-back days.

The Angels will resume exhibition play Thursday against the Colorado Rockies, with ace John Lackey getting the start.

-- Mike DiGiovanna

Photo: Kelvim Escobar pitching in 2007. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times