Walden, Downs likely returning by end of week
Making his second rehab appearance for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday night, Walden pitched a 1-2-3 inning (with one strikeout) and is slated to make what could be his final tune-up on Thursday. Manager Mike Scioscia doesn't believe Walden needs to appear in back-to-back games before being activated, even though he's been out since July 8.
Downs threw a bullpen session and then a simulated game and will repeat the process again on Thursday. Asked if that could be his final step, Scioscia said: "It can be, but like I said, we're going to let this thing tell us where he is."