Dunn throws sim game, targets June return

Marlins reliever set to begin rehab assignment on Tuesday at Jupiter

Dunn throws sim game, targets June return

MIAMI -- A target range is in place for Marlins reliever Mike Dunn's return from the disabled list.

Dunn, who has missed all of this season due to a left forearm strain, threw a simulated game on Saturday and he anticipates being reinstated perhaps as early as June 1 or 2.

"That's what the plan is right now," Dunn said.

The Marlins are the only team in the Majors without a lefty in their bullpen, but that will change when Dunn is ready.

Dunn threw 27 pitches on Saturday, with 10 warmups and 17 against a hitter. The hitter actually was one of the club's two hitting coaches, Frank Menechino, who saw pitches from the right and left sides of the plate.

"It was scheduled to be a bullpen, but I asked for hitters," Dunn said. "It was going to be 25-30 pitches. I did 10 warmups."

The next step for Dunn is to go on rehab assignment on Tuesday when he will pitch for Class A Advanced Jupiter. If that goes without a glitch, Dunn will then pitch back-to-back days on Thursday and Friday for Jupiter.

As a final tuneup, he will throw in an extended spring game on May 30.

"That's just to be ready to go," Dunn said.

There is a chance the schedule could be accelerated and Dunn rejoins the team sooner than early June. But the team has been extremely careful in his recovery, and he last pitched in a game on March 24 in Spring Training.

Dunn notes he sees the "light at the end of the tunnel."

If he is reinstated on either June 1 or 2, it will be when the Marlins face the Pirates at Marlins Park.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.