CINCINNATI -- Padres pitcher Chris Young, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder, passed a significant test on Friday, even though Mother Nature threatened to make the day miserable for him.
Young threw what he estimated was around 75 pitches in a simulated bullpen session at Great American Ball Park before Friday's game. He got up and down four times so he could simulate pitching under normal game conditions.
Because the tarp was on the field, Young couldn't face live hitters and was restricted to the bullpen where he threw all of his pitches and felt good about his command. He also said there was no soreness in his shoulder.
"It was a game-speed bullpen with hitters standing in. ... I tried to treat it like it was a game," Young said. "I know my arm felt good. There was no pain. I got a great sweat going."
There's no clear plan for Young, although he's expected to throw another session in the bullpen in the coming days. Manager Bud Black said that a Minor League rehabilitation assignment could be coming.
Young said that he would prefer to make a rehabilitation start with Triple-A Portland in order to simulate something akin to a Major League environment.
"Triple-A gives a better feel for that," Young said, referring to a four-game series the Beavers play in Salt Lake City starting April 29 as a possible target day for a rehabilitation start.
Young threw six scoreless innings against Arizona on April 6 and complained of soreness in his shoulder the following day. He was later placed on the disabled list, retroactive to April 7.