• Right-hander Jonathan Pettibone made 40 throws from 60 feet Saturday at Bright House Field, the first time he had thrown since undergoing a cortisone injection in his shoulder five days early. Pettibone pitched in 18 games as a rookie in 2013 before being shut down with right shoulder inflammation.
"Everything was fine," he said, noting that a better test will be when he throws from the mound.
That should be within a week. If he doesn't fall too far behind, Pettibone could be a candidate to make the rotation to open the season.
"I've already been off a mound. I've already built arm strength. So just missing five days shouldn't put me too far behind," he said. "We'll have to see once I get on the mound and how many times I have to be on the mound before I see hitters."
Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.