Masslive.com talked to Thornburg about his progress in recovering from a right shoulder impingement injury he incurred in Spring Training. Thornburg started a rehab throwing program on 13 April and has still not reached a point to throw off the mound.
He is still feeling some discomfort.
"If I wasn't feeling any discomfort I'd probably be off the mound right now but it's not pain oriented right now," Thornburg said this week at Fenway. "So that's the good part. It's just a matter of building up a little bit with the arm strength."
He's currently throwing long toss at a distance of 120 feet. When asked about the progress, manager John Farrell was careful with his words.
"This one has been coming along gradually. We've kind of used the 150-foot marker as the distance to achieve before getting on the mound. I can tell you he'll be on the mound when he's first ready. And I'm sure he probably wishes it was quicker than it's been. But we have to take into account what the individual guy's feeling."
Thornburg continues to add more velocity with the long toss and expects to be pitching off a mound sometime next week.
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