Angels left-hander Jason Vargas hasn’t had any setbacks since surgery, isn’t rushing back.

Jason VargasIt’s been exactly three weeks since Jason Vargas had surgery to repair a blood clot in his left armpit area. He still hasn’t thrown off a mound.

Neither has the left-hander had any setbacks since he began throwing from flat ground, and Vargas said he could have his first bullpen session next week.

“If everything goes well, yeah, I would think so,” he said.

Vargas said he would likely meet with a team doctor next Monday or Tuesday to determine the next step.

“There’s no pain. There was never any pain. There’s an incision in my armpit. If I try to throw as hard as I can, I could damage the incision.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.