Thatcher plays catch for first time since surgery

Thatcher plays catch for first time since surgery

SAN DIEGO -- One day shy of the six-week anniversary of surgery on his left shoulder, Padres reliever Joe Thatcher took what he considered a pretty significant step forward in is rehabilitation by playing catch for five minutes at PETCO Park on Sunday.

"I'm excited to get out there and do something baseball related," Thatcher said. "This [not playing] has been real boring."

Thatcher had surgery on May 2 to shave down his frayed labrum and rotator cuff and to remove the bursa sac in his left shoulder.

Thatcher was placed on the 15-day disabled list on March 29, retroactive to March 22.

A year ago, Thatcher was one of the top left-handed specialists in the National League, posting a 1.29 ERA in 65 games.