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Stokes enthused about progress

Stokes enthused about progress

ARLINGTON -- Brian Stokes, the right-handed reliever acquired from the Mets for Gary Matthews Jr. over the winter, is feeling optimistic about his chances of getting back on the mound after being inactive with shoulder fatigue since May 10.

Stokes came through a bullpen session on Thursday in good shape and hopes to continue building endurance in the days ahead.

"No stiffness, no soreness," Stokes said. "It feels as normal as can be. I'll keep throwing bullpens, more pitches. I threw 30 yesterday, all fastballs. I'll probably throw some changeups next bullpen. It's very encouraging. I just need to build up a little more endurance and let it go."