VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Erik Davis missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery. Like teammates Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, who had the same procedure, Davis worked hard to get back on the mound and it paid off Tuesday.
Davis, 28, had a bullpen session and threw 25 pitches -- all fastballs. He will throw three bullpen sessions a week for the next four weeks. Davis will then throw batting practices for a few weeks and start facing hitters soon after camp breaks.
The righty is showing patience and is aware of the high success rate the Nationals have had with pitchers following Tommy John surgery. His goal is to pitch in the big leagues by September.
"It's great. It's a good feeling because it's been over a year since I've been on the mound," Davis said. "It's a major milestone for me, but I understand that the work is not done. I'm going to keep working hard on the field."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.