Young encouraged by latest 'pen session

Young encouraged by latest 'pen session

SAN FRANCISCO -- Right-hander Chris Young allows himself a brief glimpse of what might be this season. He refuses to get ahead of himself, though.

Young threw 50 pitches in his third bullpen session as he recovers from a strained right shoulder. He threw his slider for the first time and reported progress.

"This was probably the best day yet," Young said Friday before the San Diego Padres met the San Francisco Giants in the first game of their National League West showdown. "I feel good with my stuff and sharpness, and it's nice to focus on those things rather than how the shoulder feels."

Young made one start this year before his shoulder put him back on the disabled list. He called this season "an emotional roller coaster."

Last season ended prematurely for Young and he thought he was all the way back before suffering the setback in April.

"It was like a tease getting one game this year," he said. "It's been a challenge but all I can do is focus on the future."

Young will next pitch a bullpen session Sunday in San Francisco or Monday in Chicago.