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Weaver better but being cautious with back

ANAHEIM -- Jered Weaver said Friday that his lower back strain is "getting better every day" and that he hopes to play light catch on Saturday. But it'll be baby steps for the Angels' ace, whose next turn in the rotation was supposed to come Sunday, and he is hoping to miss no more than two or three starts.

"You don't want to push it too hard, even though the competitor in you wants to," said Weaver, who suffered the injury in the first inning of his Monday start against the Yankees. "You have to take it slow, take each bullpen session slow, and just try to work back into it until you get that trust back and go from there."

LaTroy Hawkins (broken right pinkie) threw a 20-pitch simulated game on Friday and could pitch on a Minor League rehab assignment as soon as Sunday.

Catcher Chris Iannetta (right wrist surgery) threw lightly with his brace prior to the series opener against the Rangers, but isn't expected back until late June or early July.

ANAHEIM -- Jered Weaver said Friday that his lower back strain is "getting better every day" and that he hopes to play light catch on Saturday. But it'll be baby steps for the Angels' ace, whose next turn in the rotation was supposed to come Sunday, and he is hoping to miss no more than two or three starts.

"You don't want to push it too hard, even though the competitor in you wants to," said Weaver, who suffered the injury in the first inning of his Monday start against the Yankees. "You have to take it slow, take each bullpen session slow, and just try to work back into it until you get that trust back and go from there."

LaTroy Hawkins (broken right pinkie) threw a 20-pitch simulated game on Friday and could pitch on a Minor League rehab assignment as soon as Sunday.

Catcher Chris Iannetta (right wrist surgery) threw lightly with his brace prior to the series opener against the Rangers, but isn't expected back until late June or early July.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.