Bartolo Colon last pitched two weeks ago today, and the reigning Cy Young Award winner will probably sit out several more weeks.
"It's taken longer than we expected to get him to a point where he's comfortable," General Manager Bill Stoneman said.
When the Angels put Colon on the disabled list, Stoneman said, "It looks like he'll be back on May 1."
Colon has yet to progress beyond playing catch, but Stoneman said the slow recovery is not cause for concern that the shoulder injury might extend beyond the inflammation and scar tissue shown in an MRI exam 10 days ago.
The Angels have no plans for another MRI.
"You can't increase the pace at which this thing is going to heal," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "Right now, he's still crawling through the process."
Asked whether that process could take weeks or months, Scioscia said, "No one's talked to me about months. We're going to make sure he's got firm ground under him before we move forward."