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Paul Maholm threw an extended bullpen session before Friday's game in an attempt to simulate three or four innings of live action, the latest step in his return from a left wrist contusion.

"It's not a sim game, but it's a long bullpen," Maholm said. "Kind of doing up-and-downs just to get used to sitting around like an inning."

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Paul Maholm threw an extended bullpen session before Friday's game in an attempt to simulate three or four innings of live action, the latest step in his return from a left wrist contusion.

"It's not a sim game, but it's a long bullpen," Maholm said. "Kind of doing up-and-downs just to get used to sitting around like an inning."

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The team planned to see how Maholm responded from the session before setting a possible date for him to make a Minor League rehab start.

• Right fielder Jason Heyward celebrated his 24th birthday on Friday.

Eric Single is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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