Alburquerque begins long-tossing in Florida

Alburquerque begins long-tossing in Florida

CLEVELAND -- Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque has begun long-tossing at the team's Spring Training facility in Lakeland, Fla., as he progresses closer to the goal of a return around the All-Star break.

Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Alburquerque, sidelined since last winter following elbow surgery, is throwing form about 150 feet.

"If he continues to progress, he should be cleared to resume throwing in the near future," Rand said.

Alburquerque remains on schedule, Rand said. If he can return anywhere close to last year's form, he would give the Tigers bullpen a boost with a high-strikeout arm for situational relief.