Colon progressing slowly from shoulder injury

Updated: February 26, 2007, 9:22 PM ET
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Bartolo Colon's rehabilitation from a rotator-cuff tear is on schedule, but that schedule likely won't allow him to pitch in a major league game until May.

Bartolo Colon
Colon

Manger Mike Scioscia said Sunday that Colon was "unlikely" to pitch in a Cactus League game this spring.

"It's a progression of getting on a mound, throwing at least three or four bullpens, and then you would consider throwing some batting practice," Scioscia said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Then you would need two or three simulated games before working your way to a real game. There is a procedure you have to follow just to monitor where guys are."

Scioscia said he is impressed with Colon's progress so far.

"Bart has been really impressive with where his strength is," he said.

Still, Scioscia said he is hoping his ace can be patient.

"Unless there are setbacks, we'll see him off a mound before spring training is over," Scioscia said, according to The Los Angeles Times. "We're not holding him back. Bart knows this is a significant injury and understands the progression of rehab. He's moved probably as aggressively as you can for a player and has held up well."

Colon went 1-5 with a 5.11 ERA in 10 starts in 2006 after going 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA the season before. The 33-year-old right-hander spent April 19 to June 17 on the disabled list with an inflamed throwing shoulder and made his last appearance July 27 at Tampa Bay, where he left after allowing two home runs in the first inning.

The Times reported that Colon might pitch in a controlled environment minor league exhibition game in March, putting him on track to return in late May.

Meanwhile, Scioscia said right-hander Jered Weaver will be ready by Opening Day.

"There is a date where you'll look in spring training and you'll know if a pitcher physically won't be ready for the start of the season, and maybe shortly after, but we have not approached that yet with Jered," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday. "There's still time."

Weaver posted an 11-2 record as a rookie in 2006 but has been slowed this spring by biceps tendinitis. Scioscia said he wasn't setting Opening Day as a deadline for Weaver.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.