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Walden could return to spring game action soon

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Braves reliever Jordan Walden is making good progress in his recovery from back discomfort.

Walden, whose only game appearance so far this spring came on Feb. 23, threw off a mound on Tuesday, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. The right-hander threw about 20 pitches, and Gonzalez said he felt fine on Wednesday before the team headed south for its games in Jupiter.

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Walden will likely throw again on Thursday or Friday, and after that, the Braves could begin looking for a game appearance for him. Walden, 25, was acquired from the Angels in exchange for Tommy Hanson over the winter. Walden projects as one of Atlanta's top right-handed setup men.

Matthew Leach is a writer for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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