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Lindstrom's bullpen session goes well

Lindstrom's bullpen session goes well

NEW YORK -- Right-hander Matt Lindstrom, who's been on the disabled list since Aug. 17 with a lower back strain, threw between 30 and 35 fastballs at about 80-85 percent effort in the bullpen prior to Sunday's game and reported no problems.

Lindstrom was originally scheduled to throw Saturday and begin a Minor League rehab on Monday for Double-A Corpus Christi, but the back began bothering him again and moved back his bullpen session by one day.

"I'm not trying to throw as hard as I can out there," Lindstrom said. "I was just trying to get a feel for the mound again and stuff. We're going to continue to reevaluate how I feel and go from there. I'm anticipating an outing with the Double-A team within the next couple of days, so it should be fine. It's a day-to-day thing. Whenever I wake up, I try to see how I feel, but today was a good day."

This has been a frustrating stretch for Lindstrom, who struggled through back issues and lost his job as closer just prior to going on the DL. He's going to take the day off Monday, but is encouraged his arm feels great.

"I was making really good progress in Philly, and the last couple of days started to feel the spasms come back a little bit and we tried to stay off it," Lindstrom said. "That's why we pushed my bullpen back to today. Today I was waking up and feeling a little cranky, but we did the things we needed to do to get ready to throw another 'pen. It went well."

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