BOSTON -- Joel Hanrahan threw off a mound Monday for the first time since being diagnosed with a strained right hamstring and reported progress.
Hanrahan, currently on the DL, threw 30 pitches, most of them fastballs.
"It felt good,'' he said. "I had been throwing for four or five days, keeping my arm in shape and doing stuff in the training room, strengthening. It's really been getting better. Today, I did some running and cutting and everything's pretty good.''
Hanrahan said he didn't feel any soreness with the hamstring, but cautioned it was premature to say the injury is completely behind him.
"The game intensity is a little different,'' he said. "The bullpen today was kind of to just get used to the slope. I'll throw one more bullpen Wednesday and try to get a little more aggressive with it probably and hopefully after that, go out [on a minor league rehab assignment] and pitch an inning.''
Hanrahan said an outing or two in the minors "is something I need. I hope I can go down there and throw one and feel good. If I need another one, I'll take two (outings). We've kind of been going day-by-day. We'll evaluate it tomorrow.''
While throwing, Hanrahan worked with pitching coach Juan Nieves on some mecahnical flaws that may have developed because of the hamstring injury.
"[The mechanics] got a little out of whack,'' he said, "because I was favoring my leg, so it's something to work on. Having two good legs under you is going to help out things and get back to normal.''
"There's no question that the leg had an effect on the consistency of the strike throwing,'' said John Farrell, "and subconsciously, it's in there and he felt something, so it's going to disrupt his focus pitch-to-pitch. So some of the things he's working on are to take some of the stress off that back leg.
"He uses a pretty pronounced drop-and-drive approach, not that we're looking to revamp his delivery, but to adjust to take some of the pressure of that hamstring.''