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Dallas Braden throws for first time since shoulder surgery

Jan 31, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

Dallas Braden took the mound yesterday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in May, throwing 25 pitches and then telling his Twitter followers that his “arm feels great” and “I wept with joy.”

Braden made headlines for his perfect game in 2010 and squabble with Alex Rodriguez over mound ownership in Oakland, but made just three starts last season before being shut down.

Braden told that he’s ahead of schedule with his rehab and hopes to rejoin the A’s rotation early in the season, and perhaps even by Opening Day. Oakland avoided arbitration with Braden by agreeing to a one-year, $3.35 million contract in mid-December and there’s certainly plenty of room for him in the rebuilt/blown up rotation.

  1. yettyskills - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Idiot from the 209 says what?
    While the other idiot says “uncle”?

    What’s Braden’s grandmama have to say about this?
    Stick it Gleeman

  2. kaf39 - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Glad he’s feeling good.

  3. APBA Guy - Jan 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    A’s are going to need him healthy to have any chance. So far the projections I’ve seen for A’s win totals in 2012 (79-82) are awfully optimistic. To keep from losing 100 games the A’s will have to have good health and veteran performances from Braden and McCarthy.

  4. bigharold - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Did he tell anybody to get off his mound?

    It’s an unwritten rule.

  5. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Who cares. The idiot is a flash in the pan white trash loser playing for a loser team.

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