Reliever Justin Speier, out since April 30 because of an intestinal infection, has aborted his minor league rehabilitation assignment and returned to Arizona to build stamina and attempt to rid himself of the symptoms — nausea, lack of appetite, abnormal sleep patterns — that have bothered him for six weeks.
Speier, who had a 1.69 earned-run average in 15 games in April, threw 1 2/3 innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday but did not feel well enough to pitch Sunday. Speier threw in the bullpen Monday, but with no chance of his returning in the next 10 days or so, the Angels sent him back to their spring training complex.
"He's just not up to pitching now," Scioscia said. "He seems to make progress, and then he doesn't rebound the way he'd like. We hope it isn't [a serious] setback."