05/02/2013 8:41 PM ET
Reliever Jepsen throws for first time since injury
By William Boor / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Prior to Thursday's game, Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen played catch with pitching coach Mike Butcher, marking the first time he has thrown a baseball since April 13, when he was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain.
Jepsen, who threw off flat ground, played catch for about seven minutes from 75 feet and said his arm "felt great."
"First day or two just activating the arm, getting it moving," Jepsen said. "Then we are going to be as aggressive as we can without being stupid."
The right-hander was reluctant to put any specific timeframe on his return or the next step in the process.
Jepsen does not have a bullpen scheduled, as he wants to avoid any sort of setback.
"Timeframe is going to be what it is," Jepsen said. "I'll go as fast as I can without doing too much, too early."
Madson has scar tissue removed, feels better
ANAHEIM -- Two weeks ago, Halos reliever Ryan Madson was scheduled to throw a simulated game at Angel Stadium and his return to baseball appeared to be on the horizon.
However, the simulated game did not go as planned, and Madson felt tightness in his arm shortly after he finished -- tightness that had not been there in bullpens leading up to the simulated game.
"I'd probably be playing right now if that had gone well," Madson said.
On Thursday, Madson -- who spent the past week in Arizona getting treatment -- planned to play catch prior to the game against the Orioles.
"It feels better now, but that could just be the non-throwing," Madson said.
Madson did not throw a baseball while he was in Arizona, but used his time there to get the scar tissue removed from his elbow.
Scar tissue is a regular part of the recovery from Tommy John surgery. It usually tears off while a pitcher is throwing and rehabbing, but that never happened with Madson, so the tissue was manually removed.
Bullpen still recovering from 19-inning game
ANAHEIM -- Monday's 19-inning game against the A's ended early Tuesday morning, but as of Thursday evening, the Angels' pitching staff was still feeling the effects.
"It takes a while for your pitching to reset [after] a game like that," manager Mike Scioscia said.
Asking any bullpen to pitch 12 2/3 innings is excessive, but it may have been even more taxing for the Angels' bullpen -- a group that's been decimated by injuries. Four relievers -- Sean Burnett, Kevin Jepsen, Mark Lowe and Ryan Madson -- are on the disabled list, and Scott Downs left Wednesday's game early with pain in his right rib cage. Downs is unavailable Thursday.
The Angels have used 18 pitchers this season -- the second most in the Major Leagues -- and if Ryan Brasier gets into a game, then all the healthy pitchers on the 40-man roster will have pitched for the Major League club this season.
"I think the pitching staff, and particularly the bullpen, is going to take a little time," Scioscia said.
In Monday's contest, the Angels used Jerome Williams for six innings, then a combination of Downs, Michael Roth, Dane De La Rosa, Ernesto Frieri, Michael Kohn and Barry Enright for the other 6 2/3 frames out of the bullpen.
"You had Jerome throw a lot in that game. Dane De La Rosa had been throwing a lot, and he had to throw that night and the following night," Scioscia said. "Then there's the add on because other guys are short guys having to bounce back. Where does that leave you two or three days down the road?"
• Jered Weaver, who is out with a broken left elbow, expected to play catch from 120 feet prior to Thursday's game. Scioscia said the right-hander needs to throw from 200 feet and be able to repeat it before he starts throwing from a mound again.
• Alberto Callaspo is scheduled to play a full nine-inning game for Class A Inland Empire on Thursday. His return to the Angels is expected soon.
• When Angels players arrived to the clubhouse on Thursday, there were presents waiting in their lockers. Albert Pujols gave each of his teammates a pair of red Beats by Dre headphones.
• The Angels signed right-hander Josh Judy to a Minor League contract on Thursday. The 27-year-old had been pitching in independent baseball and has not appeared in the Majors since a 2011 stint with the Indians.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.