Angels' Jered Weaver on the mend

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver was pleased with his bullpen session Monday and expects to make his scheduled start Thursday in the finale of a crucial four-game series against the Oakland Athletics.

Weaver missed his start Friday against the Detroit Tigers while dealing with right shoulder tendinitis. He threw a full, 49-pitch bullpen session Monday.

"As much as I didn't want to do it, trainers thought that missing one start would help out and it has," said Weaver, who has a large bruise on his right triceps muscle after being struck by a Dustin Ackley line drive in Seattle last week. "I've been working my butt off trying to massage it and strengthen it and get it back to where it needs to be. It was definitely a positive today, so that was good."

Weaver (16-4) had a 4.91 ERA in five August starts, and suffered his fourth loss Sept. 2 against the Mariners.

The Angels began the day tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for third place in the American League wild-card standings, a game back of the second-place Baltimore Orioles and 2½ back of the Athletics. The top two teams will advance to the postseason.

"We're really excited with the way the ball was coming out of his hand," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Weave was excited with the way his shoulder felt. Barring any unforeseen setback, he'll throw a little touch and feel (Tuesday). He really went hard."