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Farnsworth not close to returning

Posted Sep 13, 2011 by Roger Mooney

Updated Sep 13, 2011 at 06:28 PM

Closer Kyle Farnsworth has yet to test his sore right elbow by throwing a baseball, so his return won’t be any time soon.

An MRI did not reveal any damage beyond inflammation, so for now, he’s relegated to the trainers room, where he undergoes ultrasound and hot/cold treatment.

“It feels fine right now,” Farnsworth said before tonight’s game with the Orioles. “Hopefully this not picking up a ball and not doing anything for a couple of days worked.”

Being able to throw a baseball will, obviously, be the first step in Farnsworth comeback. But it will be a process that involves several steps – throw a baseball, see how it responds the next day, throw off a mound, see how the elbow responds to that.

Given how patient the Rays are with injuries, it’s unlikely Farnsworth will pitch during the four games later this week in Boston. He might not return until the Rays reach New York next week.

The Rays do expect him to pitch again this season.

In the meantime, Joe Maddon will try to set the bullpen so he can use Joel Peralta for the ninth. Thought, as Maddon has said, he won’t hesitate to use Peralta earlier if the need arises. On those occasions, J.P. Howell might be saved for the ninth.


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