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Pitcher progressing post-Tommy John surgery

Updated: January 22, 2004, 4:47 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Florida Marlins right-hander A.J. Burnett took another step in his recovery from reconstructive elbow surgery when he threw off a mound Thursday for the first time in nine months.

Burnett, who had liagament-replacement surgery April 28, said his rehabilitation is going so well that he hopes to rejoin Florida's rotation when the season starts.

Burnett

"I'm not going to rush it, but in a perfect world I could be ready by then," Burnett said after throwing 23 fastballs ...

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