MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Scott Feldman, who is trying to return from off-season knee surgery, could pitch again in a Minor League game as early as Saturday.
Feldman, who had the knee surgery on Nov. 3, has made two starts on rehab assignment, but the last was on May 24 for Round Rock. He allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings and then was taken off rehab assignment because his knee was still bothering him.
But he threw 66 pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday and it went well, according to pitching coach Mike Maddux.
"He threw three sets of 22 pitches getting up and down, simulating a start the best we could in that environment," Maddux said. "He felt better with more stability in the knee. Hopefully, it will hold up and he can pitch through it."
Brandon Webb, who hasn't pitched on rehab assignment since May 30, could be right behind Feldman. He's scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday and if that goes well, he could start pitching in a game again.
"We've got to get him going," Maddux said.
Webb was the 2006 National League Cy Young winner and a 22-game winner for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008 who hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues in over two years because of right shoulder surgery.