David Phelps throws 25-pitch bullpen, will ramp up rehab this weekThe right-hander hopes to return from the DL in the coming weeks
Phelps will add in breaking balls in a 35-pitch bullpen on Friday and is scheduled to move up to a simulated game of some sort on Sunday, all in hopes of making his return from arm inflammation sooner rather than later.
"We have to take it one step at a time, go step-by-step and make sure it goes well," he said after Tuesday's session, "but I feel really good."
Phelps has been on the disabled list since August 4, one day after allowing five runs in two innings in a start against Boston where he said his arm just "never loosened up." The righty had been battling arm soreness for a few weeks at that point and had already had an MRI in July, and he had a second one that again simply revealed the best-case scenario of inflammation.
He never imagined it would take more than a month to get back on the active roster, but he knows now that he will be coming back as a reliever, so it's more imperative to make sure he's 100 percent rather than good enough to make a couple starts.
"When we were in Boston, I was thinking (missing the rest of the season) might be the worst-case scenario," he said, "but I know we've been kind of going conservative with it and that's okay. We've been making sure everything is back to where it should be."