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A’s Balfour back and throwing, just as promised

PHOENIX – Grant Balfour dispelled any suggestion that he might have been just posturing about his desire for a quick comeback when he took a ball and threw for about 10 minutes during A’s workouts at Oakland’s Papago Park facility Tuesday morning.

It was just last Thursday when the A’s closer underwent arthroscopic surgery on the meniscus in his right knee.

Then at a time when most would still be bedridden, he was back on his feet within 24 hours and throwing within five days.

He told the trainers that he felt fine after the throwing session – he was playing catch with coach Rich Rodriguez – and decided to prove it by heading indoors for a couple of hours of physical therapy.

It seems that part of the issue with his comeback from a surgery that is supposed to sideline Balfour from four-to-six weeks will be holding him back.

Balfour, who has a way to go yet before getting on a mound, has set a personal goal of being ready to pitch at or before the four-week mark, which would still leave him a couple of weeks to prep for the regular season.

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.