GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians right-hander Anthony Reyes walked up a mound on a practice field Friday morning and took another step toward making his first Cactus League appearance.
Reyes, who was shut down earlier this spring due to right elbow soreness, worked through a 31-pitch live batting practice on Friday with no issues, throwing to center fielder Grady Sizemore.
"That's the best my elbow has felt in a while," Reyes said. "Usually I have a little something. I always expect a little something. You actually get used to having it, but I really didn't feel anything today."
Reyes underwent Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow in 2009 and missed all of last season -- with the exception of five Minor League rehab outings. After Reyes complained of discomfort earlier this spring, he had an MRI exam, which revealed no structural damage in the joint.
Reyes entered camp as a contender for the fifth spot in Cleveland's rotation, but it is not clear if he will be able to log enough innings down the stretch this spring to stay in that competition. Reyes said he is worrying more about getting back on a mound regularly than fighting for a spot on the Opening Day roster.
"Nothing's hurting, so I can't complain," Reyes said. "Once I'm able to pitch, everything will take care of itself. I don't care where I start, as long as I'm pitching."