Buttrey threw a 20-pitch bullpen in Florida on Tuesday and has been training every day during the week, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. The session was certainly not traditional as Buttrey has maintained social distancing during MLB's hiatus, but it is nonetheless a positive sign that the reliever has moved past the intercostal strain that cost him much of spring training. Buttrey is likely to fill a high-leverage role in the Angels' bullpen when the 2020 season gets underway.
Buttrey (back) said he felt good after delivering a scoreless inning during his Cactus League debut Tuesday against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. The 26-year-old was held out with an intercostal strain early in spring training, but he looked fine Tuesday and hit 98 mph with his fastball. Buttrey had a 3.98 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 26 holds last season, and he's set to begin 2020 in a setup role to closer Hansel Robles.
Buttrey (back) is expected to make his spring debut Tuesday against the Mariners, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Buttrey has been slowed by an intercostal strain he suffered early in camp. With two weeks left of spring training games, he should still have time to be ready by Opening Day, provided he feels good in his return to game action.
Buttrey (back) hurled a simulated game Sunday and hit 96 mph on the radar gun, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Though Buttrey's velocity was a tick under the 97.1 mph he averaged on his heater last season, his ability to throw hard following the intercostal strain he suffered in mid-February suggests that his recovery has gone well. The right-hander is set to throw in a Cactus League game Wednesday.
Buttrey (back) will throw a simulated game Saturday and is set to make his Cactus League debut Wednesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Buttrey threw a bullpen session at full intensity three days ago and experienced no negative effects from the intercostal strain he suffered at the start of spring training. If Saturday's bullpen yields similar results, he'll be a full-go for his debut Wednesday. Buttrey figures to fill a high-leverage role in the Angels' bullpen this season.
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