C.J. Wilson passes strength test, could return to Angels in a month

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.”

Wilson was shut down three weeks ago when his shoulder problem emerged. He hasn’t thrown since. Wilson believes the shoulder issue is a result of the elbow surgery he had in August to shave down bone spurs.

Wilson is owed $20 million this season, the final year of a $77.5 million contract he signed with the Angels in 2011.

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