CINCINNATI -- Two days removed from a 35-40 pitch bullpen session, Reds pitcher Aaron Harang and his sore lower back finally seem to be making progress. Harang's bullpen session was his first since he tried unsuccessfully to throw during the All-Star break. "The ball was coming out real good. I wasn't favoring [the back]] at all. I tried to let it go," Harang said Friday. "There have been no ill effects to getting off the mound. I'm feeling good. I'm a little sore in the legs because I haven't done a leg workout, we figured, in about a month. I'll have to sit and talk to them and figure out what the game plan is going to be from here on out."
It appears that Harang could have another bullpen session on Saturday. At some point, he is likely to go out on a Minor League rehab assignment. Harang has not pitched since June 30 vs. the Phillies, when he allowed three earned runs over 6 1/3 innings in the Reds' 4-3 win.