Ahead in his progress, Peacock faces hitters

Astros right-hander pleased with results of 40-pitch session vs. Minor Leaguers

Ahead in his progress, Peacock faces hitters

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros right-hander Brad Peacock faced hitters Wednesday morning for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in October. Peacock threw 40 pitches (two sets of 20) to Minor League hitters A.J. Reed, Brett Phipps and Ruben Sosa on a back field at Osceola County Stadium while general manager Jeff Luhnow watched.

Peacock will face hitters at least one more time before possibly being put into a game, but he said he's way ahead of where he thought he would be. He said he mixed in all of his pitches.

"I didn't even know what to expect coming into the spring or what it was going to take," Peacock said. "I feel like I'm way ahead of schedule and just ready for the next one and see what happens."

Peacock, who underwent arthroscopic surgery Oct. 6 to repair a torn labrum and remove bone spurs in his right hip, started last season in the bullpen before making 24 starts, setting career highs in appearances (28), starts (24), innings pitched (131 2/3) and strikeouts (119). He went 4-9 with a 4.72 ERA.

Peacock said he doesn't want to rush back to action, so he wasn't ready to put a target date on when he might pitch in a game.

"I've never been hurt before, so I don't know how to put a timetable on it," Peacock said. "I wish I could, but you have to take it day by day and see what happens."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.