“Got a pretty good team there, sure,” manager Mike Scioscia said.
In each case, that’s a good sign for the Angels, but the timetable is different for each player’s recovery.
Aybar might not need more than a couple days before rejoining the team. He’s eligible to return from the disabled list tomorrow and is aiming to join the team at some point this weekend in Seattle. But he’s still not entirely pain free in his left heel.
“When I’m running hard, it’s not pain. Just when I step,” he said, demonstrating the typical kind of “prep step” shortstops take before making a throw.
“With the workout he had today, he really jumped up and got I think closer to where he needs to be to play with us,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ll see how he feels in the morning.”
Madson is expected to face live hitters at some point during his time at extended spring training and is “much further ahead” than Jepsen, who went on the disabled list April 13 with a strained right shoulder.
“With Ryan we’re definitely playing it as it comes along,” Scioscia said. “He’s still a lot further ahead than he was three weeks ago, but bouncing back is still what he’s dealing with.”
Both pitchers will return to the Angels — maybe but not necessarily the DL entirely — once the team returns from its seven-game road trip through Oakland and Seattle.
“They’re going to move much further ahead being able to do it (rehabilitate) in a climate like Arizona, getting the one on one attention they need.”
Third baseman Alberto Callaspo (strained right calf) will skip extended spring training and travel to Seattle. He could be activated from the disabled list as soon as he is eligible Friday.
Another injured Angel, reliever Mark Lowe (left neck strain), said he’s on pace to return from the disabled list as soon as he is eligible May 4.