CHICAGO -- After taking five days off completely from throwing when he first was sidelined, Felipe Paulino is moving closer to a Minor League start as the next step in his injury rehab. Paulino was placed on the disabled list April 19 with right rotator cuff inflammation.
"He's got one more sideline on Wednesday. We've had two already, a light one, a medium, and we're going to have a heavier one on Wednesday," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. "He'll pitch somewhere Saturday, I would imagine, but I haven't spoken to anybody about that. But that's kind of the plan."
Paulino, 30, has gone 0-2 with an 11.29 ERA in four starts this season after not pitching in the Majors since June 6, 2012, following ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery and shoulder issues. While Paulino worked hard to be ready for the start of this current campaign, he might have needed more preparatory time to take his recovery to the next level.
Along with getting healthy, Paulino knows he has to be better to earn a rotation spot again.
"I believe I have to do well there. I have to do well because I want to make sure my arm responds well and after that, get everything right," Paulino said. "I want to come back here and come back to do the right thing. Give the team a chance to win.
"We worked so hard to be good, but sometimes your body is not ready and you have to hang on with that soreness, up and down, up and down. I want to be good and I want to do it right, but sometime you have to listen to your body. Just figure out the best way to keep in shape and I believe it will be OK. Just try to understand what's going on with me right now."
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