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Downs progressing, able to throw off mound

KANSAS CITY -- While lefty reliever Darin Downs was able to spend the All-Star break with his family in Michigan, he also spent the week making progress in his rehab from left rotator cuff tendinitis. He threw off the mound on Wednesday and Friday.

"He's progressing real well," head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said.

Downs said his shoulder feels fine, and his next step will likely be some sort of session against hitters. It could be a simulated game with the team before going out on a Minor League rehab assignment.

Downs isn't eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list until Monday, when the Tigers open a four-game series with the White Sox in Chicago.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason.
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