And for possibly the first time all season, the Red Sox, who have had to cope with an abundance of injuries, were finally treated to some good news -- the session went better than expected.
"He did great," manager Terry Francona said. "[He] threw 35 pitches and [pitching coach] John Farrell was raving. That's a really good step for Manny."
Delcarmen, on the 15-day disabled list since July 1 with a strained right forearm, was also pleased with the session, but most importantly, he threw with no discomfort.
"[The] biggest thing for me was my elbow was fine," Delcarmen said. "I could care less about the forearm, but the big thing was the elbow."
The right-hander said he was only pitching at approximately 90 percent, but is scheduled to throw at full strength in the bullpen Sunday.
Francona is optimistic that Delcarmen -- 2-2 with a 4.59 ERA over 33 1/3 innings -- could return immediately following the All-Star break, which ends July 15.