MILWAUKEE -- The smile on Chris Narveson's face told the story of his first mound session since shoulder surgery five months ago, but he was asked about it anyway. "It felt great," Narveson said. "It's a long time coming, that you come to the field with a smile on your face, ready to get back after it." Narveson began the season as Milwaukee's No. 5 starter, but underwent season-ending surgery on his left rotator cuff on May 1. He had been playing catch on flat ground before taking the bullpen mound at Miller Park on Sunday morning to throw 20 pitches -- all fastballs.
After another bullpen session on Wednesday, Narveson will head home to North Carolina to continue his rehab. He'll be able to throw more bullpens at UNC-Wilmington thanks to head coach Mark Scalf, who once recruited Narveson out of high school. Around Oct. 22, Narveson will report to Maryvale Baseball Park to ramp up his rehab under pitching coach Rick Kranitz's watch. "Once you get to this point, you're just thinking about gaining your arm strength and getting back out on the mound," Narveson said. "Being the way I feel, it's pretty remarkable. It's a blessing to feel as good as I do. "What we've got set up now is to get to that live [batting practice] stage, get to the competitive stage again where you're revving it up some. Then we'll shut it down for four or five weeks and pick it up again mid-December and get ready for the spring. We've got a little bit longer spring, so that will help, too. It will give me a little bit of extra work." Spring Training is extended in 2013 because of the World Baseball Classic. Narveson, who turns 31 in December, is 26-18 with a 4.67 ERA in parts of four seasons with the Brewers. He is arbitration eligible for the first time this winter.