Feierabend looks sharp in return
Mariners' surgically repaired lefty tosses two perfect frames
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It would be difficult for Mariners left-hander Ryan Feierabend to have a better outing than he had against the White Sox on Monday afternoon.He faced six batters, and only one of them hit the ball out of the infield. But they were the first six batters he has faced in more than a year, and that made it a five-star outing for the 24-year-old who underwent ligament replacement surgery 369 days ago. Feierabend pitched the third and fourth innings in the Mariners' 5-4 victory in a split-squad Cactus League game at Camelback Ranch. The other Mariners team dropped a 6-2 decision to the Brewers. "Running in from the bullpen, I couldn't calm down," Feierabend said after his two-inning stint. "When I got to the dugout, my hands were shaking." He settled down long enough to retire the side in order, returned to the dugout for a breather, sauntered back to the mound for a second inning, and promptly retired three more batters, including a called third strike on veteran White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko. "I worked ahead in the second inning much better than the first, and it worked out well," he said. "[Catcher Josh Bard] just said to work down in the zone." The smile on his face was evidence enough that his comeback from Tommy John surgery was finally behind him. "I thought I'd be leery about my elbow on certain pitches, but I was able to throw all my pitches with no problem," he said. "It's good to know I can get out there not even think about my elbow anymore." Feierabend figures to start the season at Triple-A Tacoma, but being healthy again is the main issue.
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Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.