Jun 29, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Drew Storen took another important step today in his return from elbow surgery — one of his final steps — when he threw 40 pitches to live hitters in the cage at Turner Field prior to the Nationals' series opener against the Braves.
Though the Nationals aren't setting an exact timetable for the reliever's activation off the disabled list, the club's July 13 second-half opener in Miami is a target date.
"I'd say that's probably a really good timeframe there," maanger Davey Johnson said.
"I mean, it seems logical," Storen added.
Storen, who has yet to pitch this season following surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow, will throw a two-inning, simulated game on Monday in Washington, then begin a rehab assignment with a minor-league affiliate sometime later in the week. That would give him ample time to make several game appearances (including onRead more »
COUNTDOWN TO OPENING DAY
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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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