Pitchers Andrew Cashner and Anthony Bass, both currently on the disabled list, each threw a bullpen session at Petco Park hours before the Padres faced the Cubs.
The results for both were good, as was their disposition after each threw 30 or so pitches under the watchful eyes of manager Bud Black and pitching coach Darren Balsley.
"It's an exciting day," Cashner said.
Cashner, on the disabled list since July 4 with a strained right lat muscle, threw fastballs and changeups on Wednesday. Bass -- on the disabled list since June 21 with inflammation in his right shoulder -- threw the same amount and types of pitches.
On Friday, both will head to the Padres' Spring Training facility in Arizona, where they will throw at least one more bullpen session, and possibly a simulated game, as they continue to build endurance.
"I was happy I didn't feel any pain," Bass said.
The upbeat mood shared by Cashner and Bass wasn't lost on Black.
"Any time you clear a hurdle and get back on the mound ... it really lifts a player up," Black said. "When you hit the mound and feel good, you feel better about what's happening."
Bass said that it's important that he gets back on a mound this season -- for his own peace of mind, and to prove something to the organization.
"I still feel that I have more to prove, and I want to finish strong and show the organization that I can contribute," he said.