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Scott Olsen feeling fine, will play catch tomorrow

Starter Scott Olsen plans on playing catch tomorrow for the first time since he left his start last Friday against the Baltimore Orioles with stiffness in his surgically repaired left shoulder. Olsen, who originally planned to rest for only five days after being placed on the 15-day disabled list, is confident the weakness that kept him from throwing will not be a major hindrance.

Today, Olsen went through a series of resistance and stretching exercises on his shoulder. "All the mobility and flexibility stuff is good," Olsen said. "Today was the first day since Friday that I was doing all the stuff and I was pain free. It's fine."

Olsen never worried that this recent shoulder issue would compare to last year's, which required major surgery to repair a torn labrum. Olsen said he had been throwing through the recent inflammation in his shoulder for three or four starts and could still hit 90 mph with his fastball.

"Last year, when I felt it go I was throwing 80," Olsen said. "It just wouldn't go. I knew it was not the same thing. It still didn't feel good."

The inflammation in Olsen's shoulder affected him at the end of his delivery. He could not fully extend his arm, which disallowed him from throwing his best slider. His throwing tomorrow will let him know for sure, but after his exercises today Olsen feels confident the issue is behind him.

"Two or three [missed starts] here will be a lot better than 20," Olsen said.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 28, 2010; 9:13 PM ET
Categories:  Pitching rotation , Scott Olsen  
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