On the mend, Iannetta anticipates next step

On the mend, Iannetta anticipates next step

On the mend, Iannetta anticipates next step
CLEVELAND -- Angels catcher Chris Iannetta, who hasn't played since May 8, is satisfied with where he's at with his throwing program and feels confident that he'll be able to progress toward a rehab assignment soon.

Iannetta has failed to get to that stage twice already. Coming off surgery to his right wrist, he pushed his throwing program too hard in early June and suffered a right forearm strain, then had to be shut down with the same issue a second time a couple weeks later.

But Iannetta has thrown twice since restarting his throwing program this week, backing up to about 150 feet and experiencing no soreness. He hopes to throw to bases soon, which would mark the final stage before a rehab assignment -- and doesn't anticipate any setbacks this time.

"I think earlier I was just treating it like normal Spring Training, instead of like I was coming off an injury, and I got a little carried away," Iannetta said. "But I've been feeling good, taking it step by step, and I'm hoping to just keep progressing."