With right fielder Kole Calhoun having started his rehab Friday with two hits for Triple-A Salt Lake, third baseman David Freese beginning his rehab games Saturday and left fielder Josh Hamilton on target to start his at the end of next week, Scioscia is looking forward to "getting back to that core group we came out of Spring Training with. We didn't have them together for long."
Of Hamilton, Scioscia said: "He looks great in BP. I can't wait for him to see live pitching a week from now in rehab games."
Asked if Collin Cowgill's performance in the past month with Calhoun and Hamilton out might mean Hamilton will DH more when he returns, the manager said: "Josh will DH some to keep him fresh and keep his bat in the lineup. Collin Cowgill's been playing great and has earned playing time, no doubt about that."
Freese hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat for Salt Lake at Reno.