Mathis pleased with test swings for wrist

Mathis pleased with test swings for wrist

ANAHEIM -- Catcher Jeff Mathis, making bat-on-baseball contact for the first time since fracturing his right wrist on April 19, called Wednesday's activity a "big step" in the direction of returning to the Angels' active roster.

"This was the first time I swung off the tee, and I'm very happy with what went on," Mathis said. "I took dry swings the last two days, to get a feel for the bat, the motion, the swing. There was still a little soreness in the wrist. So, hitting balls off the tee and not having any problems with the wrist, that's a big step for me."

"I hate to put a timetable on [returning]. You know me: I want to play. Today made me feel a lot better about where I'm going. I've still got to get my strength back in the wrist and hand, but throwing feels good. I threw today to all the bases.

"Gradually, I want to work my way into soft toss, then batting practice, and hopefully go somewhere and get this thing rolling. I hope in a week to 10 days to be in a game somewhere."

The Angels are making no projections, not wanting to rush the process and have Mathis take a backward step or two. He was hitting .324 in 10 games with a .500 slugging percentage and catching at an All-Star level when he went to the disabled list. Mike Napoli has caught fire in his good buddy's absence.

"I don't need to force it," Mathis said. "Nap is having some fun, and Bobby [Wilson] is solid, too. But I really want to get back out there."