Astros reliever Arias throws off mound

Astros reliever Arias throws off mound

CINCINNATI -- Right-hander Alberto Arias threw off the mound during an extended spring training session on Tuesday, and the results were positive. Manager Brad Mills said Arias is on schedule in his rehab from right shoulder surgery.

"I guess he looked really good," Mills said. "That's a neat thing to see. Everybody is hoping he can come back and throw the ball like he did in '09."

In 2009, Arias went 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA in 42 appearances, stranding 17 of 19 inherited baserunners. If he can return to this form, it would be a major boost for the bullpen.

Arias, who missed the 2010 regular season after undergoing right shoulder surgery, did not pitch in Spring Training and is currently on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22.

While Mills was encouraged by the reports from Arias' 60-pitch outing, he was reluctant to establish a timetable for the 27-year-old reliever's return.

"I'm going to have to go through his schedule," Mills said. "I haven't looked that far in advance."