Cordero on the road to recovery

Cordero on the road to recovery

WASHINGTON -- Nationals reliever Chad Cordero received good news on Friday. He can start playing catch on Monday.

Cordero hasn't been able to throw in almost a month because of a tear in his right shoulder adductor. Cordero hurt the shoulder on April 29 against the Braves in the ninth inning.

Now, after daily exercises, Cordero said he is pain free. He is expected to make 20 pitches from 45 to 60 feet. Cordero is hoping to be activated from the disabled list in late June.

"Hopefully, everything will go well," Cordero said. "My arm feels great. I have no pain, no soreness, no nothing. Everything feels real good. I'm looking forward to getting back. It has been very hard on me having to sit there and watch and then I can't go in. It's tough. I want to get back in there."

In other news, right fielder Austin Kearns had loose bodies removed from his right elbow on Friday afternoon. He is expected to miss four weeks of action. In the meantime, Elijah Dukes will get the bulk of playing time in right field.

Right-hander Shawn Hill said he will make his next start on Tuesday against the Padres. He missed his turn against the Phillies on Wednesday because of a sore elbow.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.