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ANGELS NOTEBOOK: ESCOBAR PITCHING IN PAIN.

Byline: DOUG PADILLA Staff Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kelvim Escobar will return to the mound tonight resigned to the fact he will pitch with varying degrees of pain for the rest of the season.

Escobar, who just completed a stint on the disabled list because of elbow tendinitis, said he typically feels a pinch in the back of his right elbow while on the mound. It happens mostly when he throws fastballs and sliders.

``It feels kind of like last year,'' said Escobar, who had surgery last season to shave down a bone spur and remove a bone chip last season. ``It's something that's not going to go away. It's not going to be 100 percent. That's normal from having a bone spur removed last year.''

The right-hander figures he won't get complete relief until he takes time off this offseason.

Escobar admitted that his velocity is slightly down this season and his breaking balls aren't as crisp as they have been in the past.

``I know I can pitch without my velocity,'' Escobar said. ``As long as I don't feel pain I can deal with that. One thing is, if you feel pain when you throw, you'll have it in your mind. You're not going to be be able to stay focused and make pitches.''

Taking the last two weeks off might be what Escobar needed to get through the remainder of the season.

``It doesn't scare me because it's 99 percent better from last year,'' he said. ``Maybe it's scar tissue. As long as it's not my ligament, I'm not worried about it.''

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Escobar will not have any restrictions when he pitches tonight, although Escobar said his elbow pain typically gets intense when he hits the 100-pitch mark.

Weaver ready to go: Jered Weaver had an extended bullpen session Friday and pronounced himself fit to start Sunday against the Royals. Weaver had his previous start skipped because of biceps tendinitis that affected him in his last two starts before the All-Star break.

``I got approved for Sunday so let's get it on,'' Weaver said.

Draft pick to have surgery: First-round draft pick Hank Conger broke the hamate bone in his right hand this week and will have surgery that will end his season in the Arizona summer league. Conger, who is out of Huntington Beach High, was injured while swinging at a pitch.

The catcher is expected to be ready to return for the instructional league, which begins play Sept. 15.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jul 22, 2006
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