BALTIMORE -- Rehabbing under the Arizona sun is all well and good, but sidelined rookie pitcher Alex White is much happier to be back with the Indians for the current portion of his throwing program.
"Absolutely," White said. "I'm getting back to throwing and getting closer and closer to being in games. It's good to be with the team, with the guys and be in this playoff race."
On Saturday at Camden Yards, White worked through a 30-pitch bullpen session that consisted of only fastballs. It marked his second mound workout since injuring his right middle finger during a start against the Reds on May 20. White is on the 60-day disabled list for the Indians.
Barring any setbacks, the 22-year-old White hopes to be a realistic option for Cleveland's rotation by early to mid-August. He is currently throwing bullpen sessions every three days, and he hopes to resume working on all his pitches on Friday. Simulated games and a Minor League rehab assignment will be his final hurdles.
"It is encouraging to see Alex be on track," Indians manager Manny Acta said, "and not have any setbacks or anything like that. We wanted to have him here around the ballclub so he can continue to mesh with these guys, but also to have him under our Major League medical staff's supervision."
Up to this point, White said the injured finger on his throwing hand has felt fine throughout his throwing program.
"It feels good," said White, who went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts for the Tribe before the injury. "There's some expected discomfort every now and then, but not when I'm throwing. It feels great when I'm throwing."