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Gutierrez nears return to the mound

ANAHEIM -- Juan Gutierrez has not pitched since Aug. 24 because of inflammation in his bicep, but the Angels right-hander expects to be available soon.

"I've been throwing," he said. "I threw a bullpen two days ago and felt good. I don't feel confident to throw 100 percent yet -- that's why I haven't pitched in a game -- but I'm close."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia agreed with Gutierrez's assessment.

"He's day to day," Scioscia said. "We'll see where it goes, but right now It's day to day."

William Boor is an associate reporter for
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