When Bartolo Colon went on the disabled list because of shoulder inflammation, the Angels were confident he would miss two or three starts and be ready when he was eligible to be activated Monday.
That's highly unlikely. Colon began throwing lightly Monday, and the Angels are being very cautious with their ace, who was knocked out of the playoffs in October because of a small shoulder tear.
The plan is for Colon to go from catch to long toss to pitching off a mound. He'll probably throw a simulated game or two, and he may need a minor league rehabilitation stint. The process could take another two weeks, if not more.
"We're not going to put any date" on his return, Scioscia said. "He has to go through a progression. We're confident he'll be able to move forward, but he's only going to do that if he does it the right way."
It looks like it could be mid-May at the earliest.
C Napoli 1B Hafner 2B Uggla 3B Upton SS Mig. Tejada
OF Juan Pierre, Sizemore, Wells UTIL Carlos Peña BN Swisher, Glaus
SP James Shields, Clemens, Lackey, Oliver Pérez, Maine, Webb, Lincecum
RP Nathan, Mo Rivera, Al Reyes