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Gomes to be limited at start of camp



Reliever Brandon Gomes will be limited at the start of spring training as he continues recovery from November surgery to clean up a disc in his back.

Gomes, who has an impressive rookie season, said the recovery has gone well and he is confident - "Absolutely" - he will be ready for the April 6 start of the season.

“Right now it’s progressing along great, I don’t really see anything to be concerned about,’’ Gomes said Friday after a workout at Tropicana Field. “I might miss the very beginning of spring training, but that’s about it.’’

Gomes has yet to throw off a mound, and likely won’t join the other pitchers in throwing bullpen sessions during the first week or two of camp, but should be able to make up the time given the lighter workload for relievers.

Gomes, 27, was 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 40 appearances, including a team-high 29 after the All-Star break, during two 2011 stints with the Rays.

The back became an issue about midway through last season, he said. “It was bothering me here and there and we decided to get it taken care of once the off-season started.''
Also, starter Alex Cobb, whose season ended with mid-August surgery to remove a blood clot and part of a rib, is throwing bullpen sessions with no limitations. “I’m 100 percent,’’ he said Friday. “I feel better than I did last year.’’

[Last modified: Sunday, March 11, 2012 12:39am]


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