Hellickson's first throws: "Very encouraging"
RHP Jeremy Hellickson on Wednesday had his first throwing session since Jan. 29 elbow surgery and said it went well.
"Very encouraging,'' Hellickson said. "It felt really good.''
Hellickson made 25 throws at distances of 45-to-60 feet Wednesday, six weeks to the day after Dr, Koco Eaton removed "loose bodies" from his elbow in an arthroscopic procedure.
"It went really well,'' he said. "It felt like I thought. It's been feeling really good, but you never know until you actually get out there and start throwing. So it's very encouraging that it's felt as good as it has.''
Hellickson will continue throwing on an every other day basis and said in a "best-case scenario" he will return to the rotation in late May with a target of being back by June 1.
"This is a big step in the process, getting out there to throw after six weeks off,'' he said. "This and the day I come back (to pitch in a game) are probably the two biggest things.''