Delcarmen feels good after 'pen session

Delcarmen feels good after 'pen session

TORONTO -- Reliever Manny Delcarmen threw a 35-pitch bullpen session before the Red Sox's contest against the Blue Jays on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

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.