Collin Cowgill (nose, thumb) is beginning his rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake Friday.
The Angels haven't said how long they want him to rehab for or how soon he'll be back, but it looks like he could rejoin the team by the middle to end of next week. He will resume his part-time outfielder status upon his return.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Tim Duncan (rest) will not play Friday against Denver.
The Spurs will take advantage of the holiday and give Duncan an extra day of rest and get ready for Saturday against the Hawks. The Spurs could go with LaMarcus Aldridge at center for Friday and use David West at power forward or they could just give Boris Diaw the start. Either way, those are the three players likely to see the extra work in Duncan's absence. Analysis: Howard Bender