ANAHEIM -- Angels right-hander Joel Pineiro, who has been on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 22 with a strained left oblique, made a big step on Friday when he threw 30 pitches in his first bullpen session since his injury.
Pineiro reported no problems and said he threw 30 sinkers at about 75 to 80 percent effort with 15 pitches from the windup and 15 from the stretch. His next step is another bullpen session with all of his pitches on either Sunday or Monday before starting a rehab assignment or a simulated game the middle of next week.
"I told you I was going to pitch [this season]," Pineiro said with a laugh. "It's been a lot of work with the trainers and everybody. I've been going nuts, so it's been hard. But it was a good day."
Rodney tabbed closer of reshaped bullpen
ANAHEIM -- With Brian Fuentes being traded to the Twins on Friday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Fernando Rodney will serve as the club's closer the rest of the season.
"I think Fernando is obviously the guy," Scioscia said. "He's been throwing the ball really well and has that experience. With Fernando Rodney sliding into that closer role, Kevin Jepsen, Jordan Walden and Francisco Rodriguez are gonna be power arms and [it] is going to give us a look that's gonna be impressive and hopefully holds leads."
Rodney, who is 4-1 with a 3.83 ERA and six saves in 55 appearances this season, has plenty of closing experience with 76 career saves, including 37 last season with the Tigers.
"He's been there before so I don't know if he has to be re-acclimated to it," Scioscia said. "In the eighth inning he's come in with some high-pressure games with small leads and held them. So he knows the feeling and has been a closer, so I don't think it'll be an adjustment for him."
Scioscia being patient with rookie Bourjos
ANAHEIM -- Rookie center fielder Peter Bourjos entered Friday's game against the Orioles with a .185 batting average over his first 19 games, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia has still been impressed with the speedy 23-year-old.
Bourjos has been doing much better at the plate recently with a .292 batting average and an .862 OPS over his past seven games, which is much closer to his performance with Triple-A Salt Lake this season when he hit .314 with an .861 OPS.
"I think he's through the wide-eyed phase of being in the big leagues," Scioscia said. "He's getting settled and seen enough Major League pitching to see what clubs are trying to do with him. But it's a process and it takes time. You have to be patient with Peter on the offensive side like you do with any young player. But he has the advantage of playing a premium defensive position and doing it [at] an extraordinary level."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.