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Swarzak progressing in recovery from rib injury


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins right-hander Anthony Swarzak played catch for the first time this spring on Thursday, and again on Friday, and said everything is progressing on schedule.

Swarzak, who cracked two ribs in a wrestling incident with teammates while in Minnesota for TwinsFest on Jan. 25, threw from 60 feet on Thursday and 90 feet on Friday. He took Saturday off from throwing, but is expected to keep stretching out from farther distances until he's ready to throw a bullpen session.

"I'm very pleased with the way things are going," Swarzak said. "Everything is going well. Now it's just a matter of getting my arm into condition to throw off a mound."

Swarzak added there's no exact timetable for when he'll throw off a mound or get into a Grapefruit League game.

"I'm pretty much in the trainers' hands right now," Swarzak said. "I don't think they have a set day. It's more of a feel thing and how I feel every day. So it's going to be a pace yourself type of thing. But everything has felt great the last two days I've thrown a baseball."

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