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March 03, 2013

McClellan, Scheppers show progress during Saturday throwing sessions

Kyle McClellan took another step forward in his recovery from shoulder soreness that has kept him out of game action so far this spring.

McClellan threw about a 35-pitch bullpen session for the first time in a week Sunday.

“I felt great,” McClellan said. “I started out nice and easy at 80 percent and, once I got through, I was letting it go 100 percent with no pain. So very encouraging.”

McClellan said he should be able to still stretch out enough to start and remain in the mix for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Tanner Scheppers, sidelined with a strained left hamstring, progressed in his recovery by throwing live batting practice. Scheppers is scheduled to return to game action on Wednesday.

“Everything feels good,” Scheppers said.

-- Drew Davison

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