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ANGELS NOTEBOOK: AILING COLON HEADING FOR REHAB IN ARIZONA.

Byline: DOUG PADILLA Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- While still waiting for official word on what his rehabilitation will entail, Bartolo Colon said Saturday that some of his road to recovery will be spent in Arizona.

Colon, who is on the disabled list with a partial tear in his right rotator cuff, might start the first phase of his comeback in about two weeks at the team's spring-training complex in Tempe.

``Knowing myself, I know that I am going to follow my rehab,'' Colon said through broadcaster Jose Mota, who was serving as an interpreter.

``If the Angels are going to send me on (to Arizona), from there on it's up to me to continue to work a little bit harder. As I progress in age, I have to put a little more oomph into being in shape and being able to get my arm back strong to where it should be.''

Colon, 33, is not expected to pitch again this season, and his rehab schedule is expected to get him ready to pitch by spring training.

``Bart's got a lot of work ahead of him,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ``The nature of the injury says with the hard work he can get back to the level he pitched at before. That's what we're looking forward to.

``It's certainly not going to be easy, but there is a good chance for this thing to heal and keep going. There are a lot of pitchers that have had some form of partial tear in the rotator cuff that has healed, come back strong and they keep going.''

Count the New York Mets' Pedro Martinez in that group. Colon said he tried to get in contact with Martinez but was unsuccessful.

One thing Colon does seem certain of is that his velocity should be effective once again.

``My velocity is going to come back, I have no reason to doubt,'' Colon said. ``I've seen guys go through this before. I'm not going to throw 99-100 (mph) like I did with the Indians, but my velocity will be where it has been the last couple years with the Angels.''

Colon's personal trainer, Angel Presinal, was reportedly linked to steroids in 2001 when working with Juan Gonzalez, but Colon still works with him in the offseason.

Anderson sits out: Garret Anderson was out of the lineup with a stiff lower back just as he appeared to be getting healthy again.

Anderson had four home runs and nine RBIs in his past eight games as foot and hamstring injuries seemed to have subsided.

Santana progressing: Ervin Santana is expected to throw in the bullpen today, a workout that will go a long way to deciding whether he will be able to start Tuesday against Texas. Santana was drilled in his left knee by a linedrive Thursday.

``He made more progress (Saturday),'' Scioscia said. ``He rode the exercise bike and is walking normal.''
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Aug 13, 2006
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