Boyer has second straight solid bullpen

BravesCenter's Bill Shanks has the latest on Atlanta reliever Blaine Boyer.

Braves' right-hander Blaine Boyer had his second straight solid bullpen this morning at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

Boyer threw a bullpen for the second straight day without any pain. He had a setback several days ago when he was unable to finish a bullpen session. At first, there was considerable concern over his ability to be ready for Opening Day, but Boyer now says he believes the pain in the back of his right shoulder was simply from built-up scar tissue.

Now the plan is for him to take Monday off, and then on Tuesday he'll either throw a live bullpen or a simulated game. If everything goes well, Boyer might pitch in his first spring training game late this week or next weekend.

Boyer says he believes he is now on track to start the season in Atlanta's bullpen, as long as there are no other setbacks.

The 24-year-old right-hander went down with a shoulder injury the last week of the regular season last year, which forced him to miss the Division Series against Houston. Tests showed it was simply a shoulder strain, and he spent the winter rehabbing and building up his strength.

Atlanta's bullpen has additional health questions. For more information on some of the ailing relievers, click here for a premium story.

Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional front office philosophies. You can reach Bill at

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