A little more than 10 weeks removed from back surgery, Braves reliever Peter Moylan is ready to throw off a bullpen mound.
He is scheduled to throw 15 pitches on Sunday at about 50 percent effort.
“Knowing myself I think it’ll probably be 15 pitches at 80 percent,” Moylan said with a smile. “I’ll tell them it’s 50.”
He says that, but Moylan acknowledged the Braves have kept him tempered all along his recovery from May 17 herniated disc surgery. And now he’s nearing the target recovery range of 12 weeks feeling good.
“I feel really strong,” said Moylan, who has been playing catch for the past two weeks. I haven’t felt my back the whole time. It hasn’t even been a thought. Plus all the (core) work I’ve been doing, I think it’s paid off.”
Moylan will spend the next couple of weeks building up arm strength and eventually head out on a minor league rehabilitation assignment. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said again Saturday he thought Moylan could return by the end of August or the first week of September.