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Reliever Beimel should be ready for Spring Training

Lefty reliever and free agent Joe Beimel is ahead of schedule on his way back from Tommy John surgery and should be fully ready for the start of Spring Training.

An 11-year veteran, Beimel turns 36 in April. He underwent the surgery in May and has been rehabbing in the Los Angeles area at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Likely, he'll have to take a Minor League deal with an invite to big-league camp and incentives as he proves he's healthy.

Beimel's already throwing off a mound at 65 percent. He was in Spring Training with the Rangers last season before being released in late March. In his career, Beimel is 24-32 with a 4.21 ERA in 567 appearances, and in 2010, he held lefties to a .221 batting average.

Beimel struggled when he was last in the Majors, posting a 5.33 ERA in 2011 with the Pirates, but the belief is that his health hurt his performance. He had a 3.40 ERA in 2010 with the Rockies.

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