SAN FRANCISCO -- Scott Proctor is providing the Braves reason to believe that he is ready to make his return from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. The veteran reliever made another strong impression Sunday afternoon, when he worked a perfect eighth inning for Triple-A Gwinnett in its game against Charlotte.
During the two appearances he made for Gwinnett this weekend, Proctor completed a pair of perfect innings, registered three strikeouts and threw 16 of his 22 pitches for strikes. The 33-year-old right-handed reliever underwent the surgical procedure on May 5.
If Proctor continues to pitch effectively and in a pain-free manner this week, there's a chance the Braves could activate him from the disabled list next weekend. After an exhibition game on April 2, manager Bobby Cox said that the veteran reliever would go to Gwinnett to complete a rehab schedule that would last at least two weeks.