Cameron Maybin nearly ready to return – Orange County Register

ANAHEIM — Outfielder Cameron Maybin is just about ready to return to the Angels.

Maybin said he went through an aggressive workout running the bases on Monday, and will do so again on Wednesday. If that goes well, he could be out for what figures to be just a couple games in the minors.

“I just have to make sure my knee is safe and feeling good,” he said Tuesday. “My swing feels great. I haven’t lost much.”

Maybin has been out just two weeks with a sprained knee, an injury that was initially diagnosed with a two- to four-week rehab time.

“I’ve been known to kind of push myself,” Maybin said. “I feel pretty good right now. I feel like I’m pretty close. Yesterday went really, really well.”

STARTERS HEALING

Tyler Skaggs (strained oblique) will return to Southern California to be evaluated after his rehab outing on Monday night for Triple-A Salt Lake City. He threw 85 pitches, but gave up four runs in 4-2/3 innings. The Angels will decide if he’s ready to rejoin their rotation or if he needs to go back to Triple-A for another outing.

“He got to the pitch count we need to see,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “His command was a little bit off.”

Andrew Heaney (Tommy John surgery) pitched five innings at Triple-A on Tuesday, his first outing above rookie league since his last major league game, in April 2016. He gave up three runs, but he stuck out seven. Scioscia said the reports were “glowing.” Heaney got his velocity up to 93 mph. He will pitch again at Triple-A.

Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker, who are both out with nerve issues, have played long toss at a distance of about 200 feet. Shoemaker said he’s hoping to get on a mound in the next couple days. He said he’s symptom-free, but he’s cautious because the last time he felt fine until he pitched in a minor league game.

Richards, who has been out for longer, said he’s hoping to get on a mound in the next couple weeks.

“To be honest, everything kind of feels better than I expected it would,” he said.

Richards still has plenty of steps ahead of him. He didn’t throw at all for three months, so he essentially had an extra offseason and is now not even to the stage he’d be at the start of spring training.

Alex Meyer (shoulder inflammation) said he played catch on Monday and expects to do so again on Wednesday. He said he is still “hoping” he won’t be out long.

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