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TEMPE, Ariz. -- A 25-pitch appearance in an extended spring game was only part of Jeremy Affeldt's extensive throwing regimen Wednesday morning.

Affeldt's outing against Angels farmhands was expected to be the final step in his recovery from a strained right oblique. Assuming he continues to feel comfortable -- the next day is always a critical period -- the left-hander likely will be activated from the disabled list before Friday's series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park.

"Overall, it was good," Affeldt said. "I could have been a little more aggressive. But sometimes in those situations it's tough to feel the same aggression that you do [in a game]."

Affeldt certainly underwent an aggressive throwing program, however. He limbered up his arm with long toss, warmed up in the bullpen and pitched in the game before playing more long toss. "I put as much pressure as I possibly could on it, and it was fine," he said.

Assistant athletic trainer Anthony Reyes and strength and conditioning coach Carl Kochan were present to supervise Affeldt. Neither general manager Brian Sabean nor any of his top assistants appeared to be on hand, perhaps reflecting the organization's confidence in Affeldt's health.

In the game, Affeldt faced seven batters and allowed two singles, neither of which was hit particularly hard. He coaxed four groundouts and recorded a strikeout.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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