VIERA, Fla. -- Reliever Ryan Mattheus, who hasn't pitched in a game because of inflammation in his chest, played catch from 60 feet the past two days and hopes to start having bullpen sessions within a week.
After at least two such sessions, Mattheus will probably throw batting practice. He does not know when he will pitch in a game.
"I don't feel the injury in there at all [while throwing]. That's very positive," Mattheus said. "There was still a little soreness in there when I lifted for the first time."
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