Kuo's comeback takes positive step

Kuo's comeback takes positive step

MIAMI -- Reliever Hong-Chih Kuo had his best bullpen session yet in his latest comeback from elbow problems. Kuo, who threw only two Spring Training innings and none since March 19, made 30 pitches on Sunday, using his entire repertoire.

"I threw harder this time," said Kuo. "It feels all right, normal, not too bad. It's getting better."

Manager Joe Torre said that Kuo is close to beginning a Minor League rehab assignment but might need to throw to live hitters first.

Kuo's absence has been compounded by the continued problems of the only other lefty in the bullpen, George Sherrill, who let Saturday night's lead get away.

"I talked to Sherrill today," said Torre. "He had good stuff in the bullpen. He's worked so much on his mechanics, I told him to go out and just compete. Sometimes you think about too many things and don't just go out trusting. I said to forget about the other stuff."