LAA@KC: Buckner tosses five shutout frames for Angels

KANSAS CITY -- Billy Buckner knows all about the ups and downs of Major League Baseball. One day after he threw five shutout innings in his first Major League game in nearly three years, Buckner learned that the Angels had designated him for assignment on Sunday.

The Angels had to make a move on their 25-roster with reliever Kevin Jepsen being activated after a stint on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

Buckner said he would be receptive to remaining in the Angels organization if he clears waivers. In his debut with the Angels, he allowed just two hits and walked three over five innings.

"There's no real reaction," Buckner said. "I guess I understand it. They've got a lot of guys coming off the DL. So, someone has to go. I really like this organization. They obviously are willing to promote guys who aren't on the roster at the time. I like the staff here and the staff at [Triple-A] Salt Lake. It would be an easy thing to go there and try to work my way back."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that making tough decisions with the roster at this juncture is an indication that the club's fortunes are on the rise.

"We haven't had many tough decisions leading up to this," Scioscia said. "It points to the re-establishment of some depth that we need. I think that's going to continue through this next week. We have guys coming back who are important to us. We'll see how everything falls into place over the next four or five days."

Weaver will return to face Dodgers on Wednesday

LAA@TEX: Weaver suffers broken left elbow, exits

KANSAS CITY -- The Angels made the official announcement of Jered Weaver's return after Sunday's win against the Royals. Weaver will start on Wednesday against the Dodgers at Angel Stadium, with Jason Vargas moving back to Thursday.

Weaver has been out since April 8 with a fractured left elbow.

Vargas will be working on five days' rest with Weaver taking the Wednesday slot.

"I think it's a good place to put Weaver back," manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's not bad for these guys to get an extra day here or there."

Burnett exits with left forearm tightness

LAA@KC: Burnett leaves game after leg injury at first

KANSAS CITY -- Angels left-hander Sean Burnett had to leave Sunday's 5-2 win against the Royals with left forearm tightness. He'll be evaluated on Monday when the club returns to Southern California, and the hope is that Burnett suffered only minor irritation.

Burnett just returned from the disabled list on Tuesday after missing 22 games due to left forearm irritation.

"It's more frustrating than anything," Burnett said. "I was throwing the ball well. There are no answers yet, and hopefully [Monday] I'll feel better."

Burnett entered the game in the seventh inning and left after George Kottaras grounded out and Chris Getz beat out an infield single. Burnett slid at the bag while covering first on the Getz single, but the injury was not related to that.

Scioscia ejected in ninth inning of Halos' win

LAA@KC: Scioscia ejected after disputed foul-tip call

KANSAS CITY -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia became the third man to be ejected by umpire Marty Foster over a two-day span during the Halos' 5-2 win against the Royals on Sunday.

Foster, who ejected Royal players Chris Getz on Saturday and Billy Butler on Sunday, threw out Scioscia in the ninth inning of the series finale. Jeff Francoeur had swung at a low pitch from Ernesto Frieri, and home-plate umpire Foster initially ruled that Francoeur had struck out. . But the umpires then conferred and the ruling was a foul tip. After Scioscia came out for a vehement argument that lasted awhile, he was ejected.

"[Second-base umpire] Tim Welke said he saw the ball foul tipped and go through our catcher's legs," Scioscia said. "This whole series there were breaks both ways. Today, I don't think those breaks went our way. But we played at a high enough level to absorb them and get it done."

Jepsen activated from 15-day DL, ready to go

LAA@CIN: Jepsen fans Hanigan, forces extra innings

KANSAS CITY -- Reliever Kevin Jepsen, who had 18 holds last year, rejoined the Angels on Sunday after a stint on the 15-day disabled list and said he's ready for whatever role manager Mike Scioscia might have in mind for him.

Jepsen, who worked his way back from a right shoulder strain with three rehab outings, was able to get into the flow of the competition and feels he is ready for high-leverage situations.

"Absolutely," Jepsen said. "I'll be down [in the bullpen] just waiting for a phone call. We'll see how it plays out."

The Angels have been rolling since Jepsen left the club for his rehab assignments, but the right-hander said he doesn't notice a difference in the clubhouse from when the club was struggling.

"Even though we were struggling and losing some games, everybody kind of stayed upbeat," Jepsen said. "Nobody was in here hanging his head. Honestly, it kind of feels the same as when I left. It's definitely nice to see that."

Hanson throws simulated game, nearing return

DET@LAA: Hanson tames Tigers over six strong frames

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Tommy Hanson threw a five-inning, 75-pitch simulated game on Saturday in Arizona and appears to be on the verge of rejoining the Angels' staff.

"He had a good workout," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He'll be evaluated to make sure, but he should be another guy we're folding into the rotation this week if everything comes out all right."

Hanson was 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts prior to his stint on the restricted list.