C.J. Wilson’s ailing shoulder passed the strength test on Saturday that cleared him to begin a throwing program in Arizona when the Angels go on the road Monday. Wilson won’t be ready to pitch in a major league game for at least a month.
“Unless he can get some strong long toss in and he’s repeating it to build some stamina in his arm, make sure the range of motion is there and everything he needs,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Then we’ll consider putting him on a mound. But we’re a ways away. We’re not even close to talking about him getting off a mound.” Continue reading
The Angels bullpen pitched 16 innings in the first four games of the season, less than only four other teams in baseball that have played four games or less. The unsustainable workload has already caused some shuffling of the roster.
In need of a fresh arm in the bullpen, the Angels recalled A.J. Achter from Triple-A on Saturday. Cam Bedrosian was sent down a day after his two wild pitches led to a Rangers run in Friday’s 7-3 loss to Texas.
Bedrosian, who has pitched two innings in four games, was likely just the odd man out, considering several Angels relievers can’t be sent down because they are out of options. Among those out of options is Cory Rasmus, a natural candidate to be sent to the minors after pitching 2 2/3 innings Friday courtesy of starter Matt Shoemaker’s abbreviated outing.
Achter posted impressive numbers in spring training, allowing just one earned run in 10 ⅔ innings. Continue reading
Kole Calhoun was awarded a Gold Glove before Saturday’s game, making him the first Angel to be honored as the best fielder at his position in the AL since shortstop Erick Aybar in 2011.
Calhoun posted a .989 fielding percentage last season, ranking him second among AL right fielders. He ranked first with six defensive runs saved and a 13.8 ultimate zone rating.
Calhoun is the first Angels outfielder to win a Gold Glove since Torii Hunter won the award as a center fielder in 2008 and 2009.
C.J. Wilson’s shoulder will be reevaluated on Saturday in the hopes that he can begin a throwing program. The Angels starting pitcher is hoping to receive “A-plus” results on a strength test he was given a “B-plus” for earlier this week.
A key component in the Angels starting rotation since 2011, Wilson hasn’t pitched since surgery on his left elbow in August. He believes his elbow problems led to the shoulder issue that halted his throwing regimen during spring training. Once Wilson begins throwing, he isn’t expected to pitch in a major league game for at least a month.
After his first start of the season, pitcher Andrew Heaney joined Wilson on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained flexor muscle in his pitching arm.