GLENDALE, Ariz. — Nate Jones said he has zero discomfort after his first two days of workouts.
The reliever was encouraged before Friday’s workout after he threw from 90 feet a day earlier and felt good afterward. Jones said he hopes to increase his workload Friday but isn’t sure when he’ll throw off a mound. But the right-hander is confident he can catch up in time to be ready for the season just two weeks after he suffered a gluteal strain.
“Once I get back in the groove of things, get off the mound a little bit, I think it’ll all come back pretty quick,” Jones said. “I really don’t have a clue (when I’ll throw a bullpen). I don’t know that there’s a strict schedule that you follow for a glute strain. We’ll take it day by day, see what happens.”
Jones has seen an increase in amount of rehab exercises he has performed since getting back to work on Wednesday. He believed he would increase the distance he throws to 120 or 150 feet. While he’s pleased to have more work to do, Jones has also increasingly been the butt of more jokes with his teammates.
“Oh, absolutely,” Jones said. “Pain in my behind, for sure.”