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Injured De Vries to start throwing program Saturday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Cole De Vries, who is on the disabled list with a right forearm strain, said Friday he's scheduled to begin his throwing program on Saturday.

De Vries last threw on Friday in a bullpen session in Baltimore, but felt discomfort in his forearm, especially when throwing his breaking ball, and was ultimately placed on the disabled list before throwing a pitch this season.

"It's feeling good right now," De Vries said. "The tentative plan is to play catch tomorrow and slowly get down that path. I have no idea how long they'll want the throwing program to be. But the good news is it shouldn't take long to ramp it up because it's only been a week."

De Vries added it was tough to be placed on the DL before his first scheduled start, but that he had to be honest with the training staff because he didn't want any setbacks.

"I really wanted to pitch, but I knew it wasn't a good idea," De Vries said. "I could've pitched, but I don't know after four or five innings how I would've felt the next day. Or if I felt bad and maybe went on the DL for like two months. So I wanted to play it safe, but it was hard to say I couldn't do this. It was tough."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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