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Swarzak throws first live bullpen session

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Anthony Swarzak threw his first live bullpen session since fracturing his ribs in a horseplay incident in late January.

Swarzak, who is expected to start the season on the disabled list, threw about 30 pitches to a group that included Drew Butera, Dan Rohlfing, Jeff Clement, Eduardo Escobar and Ray Olmedo on Wednesday.

"It was good," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He threw the ball over. That was good. He felt great. He said it felt great to be back on the mound again so that was good."

Swarzak is scheduled to throw a second live bullpen session on Friday, but will not pitch in the Grapefruit League this spring, according to Gardenhire. The Twins plan to stick to pitching him in Minor League games so they can retroactively place him on the DL before the season.

"We got build his arm strength up and that's going to take a little bit here," Gardenhire said. "This was just his first time live BP and I'm sure he'll have to do it again. And then he'll start throwing down there [in Minor League games]."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger.
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