Iannetta progressing, throws to bases

Iannetta progressing, throws to bases

DETROIT -- Catcher Chris Iannetta, out since undergoing right wrist surgery on May 11, threw to bases at Comerica Park on Monday, part of the final step before progressing toward a rehab assignment and finally returning to the Angels' lineup.

This time around, though, he'll be extra cautious.

The last time Iannetta threw to bases, in early June, he sustained a strained right forearm that prolonged his stint on the shelf for several more weeks. The reason, Iannetta believes -- trying to do too much, too soon.

"I feel close," Iannetta said. "The actual dates and times, it's up to the training staff, [manager Mike Scioscia] and [general manager Jerry Dipoto], what they're comfortable with. Obviously, we were really aggressive the first time. A lot of that had to do with trying to push it as fast I can because I felt good and I wanted to do it.

"Now it's a matter of just being safe. You don't want to come back for a week and be in trouble, or go out on a rehab assignment like I did the last time and not be ready. It makes more sense to be a little more conservative for a couple days here."

Iannetta only threw to the edge of the grass in front of second base, but he feels if he can do that, he can throw all the way through. Still, he'll have to repeat the exercise a few times before being cleared for a Minor League rehab assignment.

The Angels aren't taking any chances.

"He had a good workout today," Scioscia said. "He's just not quite where he needs to be."