Pat Neshek Offers Broad Timetable for Return From Disabled List

Pat Neshek offered a wide-range estimate when asked Thursday when he could be ready to come off the disabled list and pitch for the Phillies.

"It could be quick," he said. "It could be a month. We'll see."

The 37-year-old reliever was well into his recovery from a shoulder injury -- he was targeting a return of next week -- when he felt a twinge in his forearm during a bullpen session last week. An MRI revealed a strained flexor muscle and he will be shelved a while longer.

"My shoulder is great," Neshek said. "My last bullpen was one of the best I've thrown. I got to my slider and felt a sensation in my forearm."

Rest and rehab have been prescribed.

"Rest is going to heal it," Neshek said. "We'll just play it by feel."

Neshek signed a two-year, $16.25 million contract in December. He has yet to appear in a game this season because of the two injuries.

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