Now Commenting On:

Runzler making quick progress in rehab

Runzler making quick progress in rehab

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dan Runzler threw a bullpen session Friday at AT&T Park, an eye-opening step in his rehab from a dislocated left patella that has been ahead of schedule.

Runzler threw 35 pitches and his delivery looked nearly full-speed.

"As close as I could be," Runzler said when asked if he was throwing 100 percent. "I felt strong. It felt like I was throwing the way I usually throw out there on the mound."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Runzler would continue his rehab on the Giants' road trip to Denver and Atlanta and throw to hitters on the side. Bochy said an Aug. 9 return -- the day the Giants return to San Francisco -- might be pushing it, but added, "There's a chance. We didn't think he'd be ready until the last week of August, so he really has come a long way."

Bochy said Runzler's quicker-than-expected recovery has "no impact on anything" regarding reports the Giants are looking for a left-handed specialist before Saturday's Trade Deadline.

Bochy also said fellow left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt (left oblique strain) played easy catch Friday, but still is "a ways away."

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español