Christensen frustrated by latest prognosis.

It was news to Erik Christensen when Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said Wednesday that the forward, who is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, is unlikely to play in any preseason games.

On Friday, Christensen said there has been no setback in his injury. Just frustration that he hasn’t been cleared for contact yet.

“I want to be back as soon as possible, or considered being put into a lineup as soon as possible,” he said. “I don’t know what that’s going to take. I hoped to part of the last two or three exhibition games. If they have something dfferent in mind, I guess that’s something I have to live with.”

Christensen played through the injury last season after he was acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers in February. He had the surgery in June and has participated in all of the drills, but none of the full-contact scrimmages, during training camp.

“I want to be back soon, but it’s not something you want to rush into,” he said. “It would be really disappointing if I tweak it or did something that would set me back another week or two, where I’d have to see another doctor again, or another MRI. It’s precautionary. We’re being very careful with it. That’s all you can do.”

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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.

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