Young making progress with shoulder injury

Young making progress with shoulder injury

SAN DIEGO -- Pitcher Chris Young, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder, threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session before Wednesday's game against the Giants.

"My arm feels good," Young said. "My command was better than I expected for not being on the mound the last two weeks. I didn't hold back anything."

Young had played catch on the side, but hadn't been on a mound since his first and lone start of the season on April 6 in Arizona, when he tossed six shutout innings.

The next day, Young complained of tightness in the shoulder. He was later placed on the disabled list, retroactive to April 7.

Young is scheduled to pitch a simulated game before Friday's game in Cincinnati, where manager Bud Black estimated he'll throw in upwards of 50 pitches.

"He's passing those tests," Black said.

Young sounded eager to get back in a game and went as far as to say that, "I don't think it will be that much longer."

Young said his fastball command was good and his "slider was sharp" on Wednesday. He said the simulated game will be a better test for him because he'll get up and down three or so times, meaning he'll rest between facing live hitters before resuming.