Left-hander Ross Detwiler threw a bullpen session this morning at Marlins Park, his first action off a mound since he went on the disabled list with a bulging disk in his back on July 4. Detwiler remained optimistic he can return by the end of the season and felt encouraged with his pitches.
“The way I’ve been feeling, it’s kind of hard for me to tell everybody,” Detwiler said. “I can always say I’m feeling good. But for all the coaches to be out there and actually see it, it shows them how I’m feeling. Also, it shows myself I can still hit a location after two months. It’s encouraging.”
Detwiler threw 20 pitches, all either two-seam or four-seam fastballs. (“Do I ever throw offspeed, anyway?” Detwiler asked.) Detwiler had been feeling strong while playing catch, and he came away happy with how he spotted his pitches.
“I think I left one over the middle, and everything else was to the corners,” Detwiler said. “You expect a little worse out of the first one in a little while.”
Detwiler will throw another bullpen Wednesday, adding about 10 pitches. Manager Davey Johnson said Detwiler will need three or four bullpen sessions and a simulated game before he can pitch in a game. When he returns, Johnson said, Detwiler will likely pitch as a reliever, because he will not have time to rebuild the arm strength of a starter.