• As part of their ongoing efforts to keep children out of gangs, the Angels are giving 1,300 at-risk kids -- ages 9 to 13, in grades 4 to 8 and representing 34 schools in Orange County -- VIP treatment for Monday's game as a reward for good behavior. The students will arrive four hours before the 7:05 p.m. PT first pitch, will be greeted by a surprise Angels player prior to batting practice and will take in the game behind the dugout. This is the fifth straight year the Angels have done this; the 1,300 kids is the most that have succeeded in the challenge.
• Garrett Richards suffered what he called a "mild" sprain on his left ankle in the eighth inning of Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Astros. Richards broke off the mound to field a squeeze bunt and made a nice flip home for the out. But on his next step after letting go of the ball, he hurt himself. "It's not too bad," Richards said postgame. "It grabs every once in awhile."
• Asked if Peter Bourjos will return to batting leadoff when activated off the disabled list, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said: "Let's let Peter get his first rehab at-bat, and then that'd probably be a conversation we can talk about." Bourjos, out since April 30 with a strained left hamstring, plans to start his rehab for Class A Inland Empire on Monday, then progress to Triple-A Salt Lake before getting activated within a week.
• Lefty reliever Sean Burnett played catch on Sunday for the first time since landing on the disabled list with a left elbow impingement five days earlier. Scioscia said "he's going to have a little step up" before being able to throw off a mound again but doesn't anticipate it taking long. Burnett is eligible to come off the DL on June 10 and could be ready around that time, if he doesn't have a setback.