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Postby Dannomyte » Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:09 am

More simulation for Maroth: The end of the rehab process is in sight for Mike Maroth, who threw his second simulated outing Tuesday afternoon.

Maroth threw a seven-minute session of about 35 pitches against hitters Chris Shelton and Alexis Gomez just before afternoon rains brought the tarp onto Jacobs Field. Unlike last time out, Maroth said he did not feel tired near the end.

"Right now, he's tremendous," Leyland said. "He's free and easy. He's not holding back anything."

Assuming the Tigers can reserve some pregame time on the field at the Metrodome on Sunday morning, the rehab schedule calls for Maroth to throw a longer simulated game then. That one would have Maroth throw every pitch, including his cutter for the first time, and simulate a two-inning outing with a break in between.

One more rehab outing after that, preferably when the Tigers return home Aug. 4, and Maroth would be ready for a Minor League rehab stint.

"Right now, I feel as strong if not stronger than I did before [elbow surgery in June]," Maroth said.

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