Chicago Cubs reliever Angel Guzman wasn’t expected to throw to hitters until mid-March following a long, long rehab from major shoulder surgery last March. But he’s ahead of schedule, and is actually going to throw a live batting practice session this Wednesday.

Guzman, who underwent right shoulder surgery one year ago in March to repair a significant tear, was scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Wednesday. It may be a workout on a side field, but it’s a big step for Guzman, whose career has been slowed because of injuries.

The right-hander has yet to throw full speed in his side sessions and will make his last tune-up on Sunday. The Cubs had talked about having Guzman throw to hitters in mid-March but have moved up the date because of the progress he’s made.

“Now I feel I can let the ball go,” Guzman said. “Now, it’s important for me to get into a rhythm.” cubs.com.

Guzman remains an extreme longshot to make the Cubs’ pen out of Spring Training, and a mere longshot to meaningfully contribute to the team this year. But, so far so good.



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