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Sat, 03/28/2009 - 3:52pm  

Smoltz Throws 47 Pitches, Kotsay Hits

John Smoltz threw his second bullpen session of spring training for the Red Sox -- throwing all of his pitches -- with Mark Kotsay standing in the batters box. After the session Kotsay took swings in the cage for the first time since undergoing back surgery. The outfielder/first baseman is eyeing a return to the Red Sox around May 1. "I was pretty anxious my first time  out," Smoltz told MLB.com. "Today I felt I accomplished everything I wanted to do. I threw every pitch. The ball came out of my hand really well. I threw all five pitches. What I will do now is take each side session as a step closer to try and get to the next step. I'm not staying right in the time frame that I want to be in. The ball is coming out of my hand. I know what I want to do. I'm super excited with today, but I'm try not to get too carried away with it."




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