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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."

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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."

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