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Pitchers make rehab strides

Pitchers make rehab strides

SAN FRANCISCO -- As one injured Giants pitcher makes his way out of Fresno, it appears another one will make his way in.

Right-hander Kevin Correia likely made his last rehabilitation start for the Triple-A Grizzlies on Tuesday night. Merkin Valdez, a potentially valuable part of the Giants' bullpen when healthy, is expected to join the Grizzlies -- or possibly Class A San Jose -- by the end of the week after throwing a couple of innings for the Arizona Giants on Wednesday.

Correia has been on the disabled list since April 27 because of a strained muscle in his left side, but he is expected to return to San Francisco on Wednesday and rejoin the pitching rotation to start on June 15.

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San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy has said it'll likely be a couple of weeks before Valdez returns, but when he does he'll provide an extra source of effective right-handed pitching in the bullpen. In 17 appearances this season, Valdez had a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings, but he hasn't pitched since May 12 because of a strained right elbow.

David Biderman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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