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Narveson having no issues with throwing shoulder


PHOENIX -- One week after Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson said his surgically repaired shoulder felt normal at the start of Spring Training, he was asked to provide another update.

Still normal.

It might be time to stop asking and simply count him among the healthy pitchers in camp.

"It feels perfectly normal," said Narveson, who was among the dozen or so pitchers who threw live batting practice on a wet Wednesday at Maryvale Baseball Park. "I don't feel anything. It's ready to go."

Narveson had surgery last May 1 to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum, but was back on the mound before the end of the season and reported to camp essentially on schedule with the rest of the team's pitchers. Manager Ron Roenicke said the club would proceed somewhat cautiously with Narveson, but has been impressed by the lefty's bullpen sessions. Narveson, who began last season in the rotation and is bidding to return, has been throwing his full assortment of pitches.

"[Pitching coach Rick Kranitz] has been really pleased with not only the way the ball has been coming out, that he's 'free,' but that he's also commanding the ball," Roenicke said. "That's the thing that you worry about with shoulder injuries, is coming back and commanding the ball."

Said Narveson: "When you're healthy, you know it. I'm not having to struggle to get loose. To be honest with you, I haven't had issues with any pitch. The next day, I'm feeling great. It's been a good thing. I'm trying to stay away from the training room right now."

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