The Washington Times - June 18, 2011, 01:02PM

Cole Kimball was out in right field at Nationals Park early Saturday morning playing catch under the watchful eye of Nationals trainer Lee Kuntz, the second straight day the right-hander has throw pain free after resting a week with shoulder inflammation.

Kimball, who has been on the disabled list since June 10 with right shoulder inflammation, received a cortisone shot in the shoulder on Monday. He threw Friday for the first time in a week and noticed a remarkable difference.


“I can actually stay on line and I don’t have to fall off to generate power by pushing too hard,” Kimball said. “It was coming out of my hand pretty good. After not throwing for a week and feeling it now I’m pretty excited about where it’ll be.”

Kimball will continue to play catch each day for the next few — making 25 throws now from 60 feet and then 25 from 90 feet. Sometime next week before the Nationals leave for the road trip, Kimball will throw from a mound. He is eligible to come off the DL Saturday, June 25 when the team is in Chicago.

After pitching through soreness for the first few weeks of the Triple-A season and then during the time he was called up, Kimball said Saturday he was feeling much better now that his pain had been treated. 

“I couldn’t keep throwing the way I was throwing and walking that many guys,” he said. “Partly because of the mental side and partly because of the mechanical side. But now that I can be confident that my arm is healthy and use good mechanics off the mound. I’m pretty excited I can get back and start throwing strikes right away.”