Braves veteran reliever Peter Moylan took an important step in his recovery from right shoulder surgery on Saturday morning, pitching an inning for the Gulf Coast League Braves.
He recorded one strikeout, coaxed two groundouts and needed only seven pitches to get through a scoreless inning in his first game action since October surgery. His fastball was clocked at 89-90 mph.
Moylan likely won’t be at full strength until the end of July at the earliest, but if he keeps progressing, he could be an arm the Braves turn to for the stretch run.
“We’ve got to just wait and see how the progression goes before we get ready to pencil him in anywhere,” Braves assistant general manager Bruce Manno said.
“We’ve just got to be patient with it because it’s going to take some time. But the main thing is he feels great.”
Moylan has undergone three major surgeries in the past five years, including elbow ligament transplant surgery in 2008. He missed most of last season after surgery for a bulging disc before returning in September. He made only six appearances before his shoulder flared up, and he was diagnosed with a torn labrum and rotator cuff. He underwent surgery on Oct. 3.