Angels hopeful Torii Hunter will return next week

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Especially now that Vernon Wells is out 8-10 weeks, the Angels could really use Torii Hunter back. It looks like it might happen early next week.

Hunter missed his 10th straight game Wednesday after being put on the restricted list to attend to matters involving his son in Texas. 17-year-old Darius McClinton-Hunter was one of five youths arrested in a sexual assault case earlier this month.

The Angels initially hoped Hunter would return this weekend, but he decided to stay in Texas.

“It’s still open-ended,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We talked last week and thought he was going to be with us on this road trip.”

Now the hope is that he’ll return at some point during next week’s homestand. Scioscia said that Hunter has been working out, running and hitting in the batting cage he has at his house in the Dallas area.

“I think Torii’s always up. He’s dealing with an issue; that’s kind of where we want to leave it,” Scioscia said. “No doubt he wants to get back playing baseball, because that’s what he’s all about. But he has to be comfortable with his situation and work through some things.”