TEMPE, Ariz. -- Michael Kohn was progressing so well from Tommy John surgery this winter, Dr. James Andrews advanced his rehab program a month and a half. So when he arrived to Tempe Diablo Stadium on Monday, the day Angels pitchers and catchers reported for their Spring Training physicals, the right-hander already had about 25 bullpen sessions under his belt, making him more than ready for game action after missing all of 2012.
Asked if the ball already feels the same coming out of his hand, the 26-year-old said, "Better."
Tommy John surgery is usually a 12-month recovery. But in November, about seven months after April 12 surgery, Kohn began throwing. And last week, he mixed in all his pitches in a live batting-practice session.
This spring, he could have a shot at the final bullpen spot.
"You miss the game for a year, it kind of puts things in perspective," said Kohn, who posted a 4.01 ERA in 38 appearances with the Angels from 2010-11. "Whether I'm here or Triple-A, wherever they send me out, I'm just ready to play again. I'm not really worried about who's where, who's going where. That's what I did two years ago, and it crushed me. Now I'm just ready to throw again and the numbers will speak for themselves."
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