Affeldt cautious in getting back into game shape

Affeldt cautious in getting back into game shape

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Exercising care after recovering from a sports hernia, left-hander Jeremy Affeldt remains at least a few days away from appearing in a spring game.

Affeldt threw a bullpen session Friday, his first since last Saturday. He said that he'll likely pitch live batting practice on Sunday. At that point, the Giants probably will be able to decide whether Affeldt's ready for game activity or needs a little more work on the side.

Affeldt said that he'll probably need to pitch between nine and 12 innings to prepare adequately for the season. If he has to pace himself to preserve his health, he will. The reliever was perpetually injured last season, enduring a pulled muscle in his right side and a strained left groin as well as the sports hernia.

"I want to make sure all my stuff's ready to go before I go out there," Affeldt said. "I don't mind taking a little extra time. I'd be highly upset if I deal with what I dealt with last year."

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.