J.A. Happ, attempting to return from a tricky oblique/intercostal/whatever, it's a muscle in his right side strain, threw 55 pitches in a bullpen session this morning at Citizens Bank Park, his first action off a mound since the injury occured nine days ago in Houston. Happ, who has missed two starts, was hopeful he could pitch Friday in Atlanta. He and the team will know more tomorrow, when soreness does or does not follow today's workout.
This was a significant test, because throwing meant risking re-aggravation of the strain.
"I was a little nervous getting on the mound," he said. "I felt good, though. I felt like I still had power and torque."
Happ said that while he could still feel the strain, the pain was no longer sharp.