Jered Weaver took to the mound for a bullpen session and both he and Angels manager Mike Scioscia liked what they saw.

"I just know he's smiling and that's a good sign," Scioscia said of Weaver, who is recovering from a fractured left arm. "Hopefully he's gotten over another hurdle and the way he threw the ball this afternoon is reminiscent of what we expect Weav to have, and that's encouraging."

In fact, Weaver was so encouraged he indicated it might take only bullpen work, and not a date or two for a minor-league rehab assignment.

"He might not know it, but he was kidding," Scioscia said with a smile. "I think it's an important step, but he needs to pitch competitively to get some form of adrenaline to be able to get back to the major leagues, where you'll have a little adrenaline. You have to be ready for it, it's going to be there."

Weaver is scheduled for an 80-pitch session in the bullpen Friday and if all goes as planned, he'll be ready to pitch in the minors.

"The challenge for Weav is to first establish the fact that he's throwing all his pitches and that he's rebounding fine, and then eventually get him stretched out enough for a major-league game," Scioscia said. "I don't know how many it's going to take but a a minimum of definitely two minor-league appearances just to see where he is."