Now Commenting On:

Walden to throw bullpen session Tuesday

Walden to throw bullpen session Tuesday

Walden to throw bullpen session Tuesday

MIAMI -- After spending the past few weeks sidelined with a sore groin, Jordan Walden has finally gained the confidence that he can complete his violent delivery without aggravating the injury.

Walden will gain a better understanding about where he stands when he completes a bullpen session at Marlins Park on Tuesday. This will mark the first time he has thrown off a mound since discomfort limited him to five pitches during a bullpen session he attempted to complete last week.

"I was trying to rush back to the mound, and it kind of set me back a couple times," Walden said. "I'm trying to stay away from any more setbacks. But right now, I feel confident enough."

If Walden gets through Tuesday's session without feeling any discomfort, he will likely throw at least one more bullpen session before resuming his role as Atlanta's right-handed setup man. He has been sidelined since straining his groin while running before a game in St. Louis a little more than two weeks ago.

Initially, the Braves were hoping Walden would need just a few days of rest to recover. The need for more time could have been a product of the fact that Walden aggressively hops off the rubber and places more tension on his lead leg than most pitchers during his delivery.

"I've never pitched like a normal guy," Walden said. "It was affecting me. I use my legs a lot. I jump and whatever. But I should be good."

Walden has compiled a 2.47 ERA and limited opponents to a .195 batting average in 46 appearances. His recent absence has added to the workload of left-handed setup man Luis Avilan, who has allowed a run in four of the 11 appearances he has made since not allowing an earned run in the 35 appearances he made from May 24-Aug. 14.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español