Tropeano (elbow) said he's hopeful to resume pitching in games during the Angels' fall instructional league, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. After undergoing Tommy John surgery last August, Tropeano was cleared to resume mound work last month, but the Angels have seemingly dismissed the possibility of the right-hander pitching in the majors or for a minor-league affiliate during the 2017 campaign. Waiting to pitch until instructional league will afford Tropeano more time to regain some velocity and the luxury of facing hitters in a more controlled game setting, while also allowing the Angels to get a better sense of how he's recovered from the major arm surgery before spring training commences. If Tropeano hits no snags in the recovery process during the offseason, he could enter the spring with a legitimate chance to win a rotation spot.
Tropeano (elbow) is set to throw off the mound Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last August, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Tropeano will ramp up his throwing program by tossing off the mound next week. He still has a ways to go, and is unlikely to rejoin the team this season, but this is another positive step for the 26-year-old as he continues to work his way back from the injury.
Tropeano (elbow) was placed on the 60-day DL on Sunday. Tropeano was recently cleared to resume a throwing program, but a return from Tommy John surgery this season is still considered unlikely. The 26-year-old owns a 3.81 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 8.4 K/9 over 127.2 career major-league innings.
Tropeano announced Sunday that he's been cleared to begin a throwing program, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports. Though this is an important next step in his recovery from August 2016 Tommy John surgery, Tropeano is still expected to miss the 2017 season. He'll likely be an important part of the team's 2018 plans when healthy.
Tropeano said his rehab from Tommy John surgery is going well and he could resume throwing in a few weeks, but a 2017 return is unlikely, the Orange County Register reports. Tropeano went under the knife last August, so even a late return this season would be a stretch considering the recovery time from Tommy John surgery generally falls in the 12-18 month range. With the current state of the Angels' rotation, the 26-year-old would likely slot right back into the rotation when he eventually returns to the mound.
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