Stottlemyre Goes All Out
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Todd Stottlemyre breezed through his final tuneup before returning the Arizona Diamondbacks rotation, throwing 80 pitches during five innings of an Arizona League game Tuesday.
The team said the right-hander, on the disabled list since June 26 because of elbow tendinitis, felt no pain after the longest outing of his rehabilitation.
Stottlemyre threw 59 pitches on Aug. 23, his last start. He was supposed to pitch for the Tucson rookie-league farm team again Monday, but a thunderstorm washed out that game.
He will rejoin the Diamondbacks in Phoenix for the start of a three-game series with Florida on Thursday, and tentatively is scheduled to start against the Marlins on Sunday.
Stottlemyre recovered from a partially torn rotator cuff and labrum in his right shoulder without surgery last year and was robust to begin this year, going 8-5 with a 4.24 ERA in 76 1-3 innings before the pain in his elbow became too much to ignore.