Monday, May 30, 2011

Demel feeling better while rehabbing shoulder

By Anthony Fenech / | 05/30/11

PHOENIX -- D-backs reliever Sam Demel is progressing in his rehab from shoulder tendinitis that sent him to the 15-day disabled list six days ago.

"I'm feeling good," he said. "But it all depends on the arm."

Demel, a 25-year-old right-hander, has undergone five days of rehab since being shelved, mostly concentrating on soft tissue and rotator cuff work, while keeping his lower body in shape.

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said during the last road trip that he expected Demel to be out longer than the minimum stay on the DL.

"He's good, in there working out," Gibson said. "He'll throw a bullpen session around Saturday and we'll go from that point. It will be his first time on the mound and he'll throw on flat ground until then."

Demel said Monday was his second time throwing since the injury, and that he was feeling better.

"It's all about the arm," he said. "Hopefully I'll be back sooner rather than later."

In 21 appearances this season, Demel has a 1.72 ERA in 15 2/3 innings pitched. He has not allowed an earned run since April 11 against the Cardinals.

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