“Gary regrets the distraction this story has caused the Angels front office, the manager and his staff, teammates and fans,” Matthews’ agent, Scott Leventhal, said in a statement. “However, given the ongoing investigation, he simply cannot discuss the matter until appropriate to do so. Gary sincerely apologizes for this distraction and is determined to resolve this issue in a timely manner.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Gary Matthews Jr. apologized to the Angels for causing a distraction to the team during spring training. Matthews allegedly was sent human growth hormone in 2004 from a pharmacy that’s part of a widespread steroid investigation, and Angels owner Arte Moreno has asked Matthews to publicly address the issue, a stance baseball commissioner Bud Selig backed Saturday. The statement was first reported Monday by the Los Angeles Times and was sent later in the day to The Associated Press. HGH was not banned by baseball for players with major league contracts until 2005. This investigation appears to be targeting the suppliers of the substances, not those who might have received anything from the suppliers. There were handshakes and smiles all around Monday morning in the bullpen behind Diablo Stadium. Bartolo Colon and Jered Weaver, two injured members of the Angels pitching staff, inched closer to rejoining the rotation after completing 45-pitch bullpen sessions. Both pitchers are at least a week away from taking the mound in an actual game, and neither is expected to start the season in Anaheim, but none of that dampened the mood of manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher. More and more, the Angels are envisioning their full pitching staff intact by the first week of May. Weaver, recovering from biceps tendinitis, threw for the second time this spring. He was limited to fastballs only, but looked smooth and sharp throughout. He’ll throw again Thursday, this time mixing in some change-ups, and could pitch a simulated game by the end of the week. The lanky right-hander hasn’t ruled out making a start on April 6 his turn in the rotation but the question now is whether he’ll do it with the Angels or here in Tempe, where he’ll remain if he’s not in Anaheim to begin the season. Colon was limited to fastballs Monday, but like Weaver he’ll add some change-ups when he takes the mound on Thursday. Colon isn’t talking to the media until he throws to batters, but the big smile he wore after completing his workout was proof that he’s headed in the right direction. Colon is two years removed from winning the Cy Young Award, when he went 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA. However, he was limited to 10 games last year and was shut down in June after a slight tear in his rotator cuff was discovered. With about three weeks left before the start of the season, the battle for the final spot in the bullpen is still an open race. The Angels will carry 11 pitchers, according to Scioscia, and are looking for a durable arm to round out the staff. Three of the candidates – Dustin Moseley, Chris Bootcheck and Alex Serrano – fared well Sunday in a combined shutout against the Texas Rangers, who were playing most of their regulars. Jeff Mathis, expected to start the year in Triple-A, had three hits in the Angels’ 11-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday, including a pair of long home runs. Mathis had three RBIs and finished 3 for 3 with a walk. Hector Carrasco was solid in his four innings, giving up just four hits and striking out three. He didn’t allow a run, lowering his ERA to 1.12. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!