Illness prevents Wilson from start against Rockies

Illness prevents Wilson from start against Rockies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson missed his second consecutive Cactus League start Tuesday, and it's unclear when he will return to the mound.

Wilson was scheduled to pitch against the Rockies, but he was held out because of an intestinal virus. Wilson missed his previous start against the Cubs after he tweaked his left knee a few days before during pitchers' fielding practice. The veteran threw 41 pitches in three innings against the A's in his only Cactus League start of the spring on March 7.

"The concern would be that he would go out there and pitch [Tuesday] and be sick," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We are going to make sure we get clearance from the medical staff as to when he can pitch. Sometimes, it's a 24-hour thing and he'll be fine. We'll just have to wait and see."

The Angels can afford to be cautious with Wilson. The club does not need a fifth starter until April 15 against the Rangers in Arlington because of a scheduled off-day (April 9) after the first three games of the season in Seattle. That said, the Halos would like him back on the mound.

"We will see when he is available," Scioscia said. "There's a little wiggle room in the schedule, and if it impacts the fact that he has to be folded to the back end of the rotation, we'll have to cross that bridge when we get to it. We need to get him out there and see where he is."

Scioscia said Wilson felt good Monday, but the pitcher called Tuesday morning to inform the club of his condition.

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.