BALTIMORE -- The return of Chris Iannetta continues to be delayed.
The Angels' catcher has essentially recovered from the right wrist surgery he underwent on May 11, but continues to fight the forearm strain he suffered when trying to come back too fast about three weeks ago. Last week, Iannetta was shut down from his throwing program for a second time and received his second MRI -- this one with contrast dye -- manager Mike Scioscia revealed on Wednesday.
"He's fine," Scioscia said. "You're just ruling some things out."
Iannetta is expected to restart his throwing program by the end of this week, and he hopes to complete all the steps -- throwing 200 feet, then throwing to bases -- so he can finally go out on a rehab assignment. The initial six-to-eight-week timeline from wrist surgery would've had him back by July 6, but it's pretty clear he won't be returning until after the All-Star break.
In the meantime, the Angels will continue to roll with Bobby Wilson and John Hester behind the plate.