Jake McGee RP TB 4 Days

McGee (elbow) said his bullpen session Tuesday went well, and he is in line to throw five more such sessions before facing hitters, the Tampa Tribune's R. Mooney reports.

His next bullpen is scheduled for Friday, and he will throw 30 pitches again, as he did Tuesday (which was his third bullpen session of the spring). McGee said he is still throwing at 70 or 80 percent as he doesn't want to ramp up his throwing just yet in an effort to avoid a setback. He has started throwing curveballs and plans to implement the pitch more this season. Last year McGee was dominant despite throwing his fastball almost exclusively. It will be interesting to see how his results vary if he becomes a legitimate two-pitch pitcher. At his current pace, McGee won't face hitters until mid-April, meaning he probably won't join the Rays until late-April/early-May.

Jake McGee RP TB 5 Days

McGee (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports.

McGee's bullpen session is his first of the spring, and it was likely fastball-heavy. He's still in the process of returning from arthroscopic elbow surgery, and is expected to begin the season on the disabled list, but his progress is promising.

Jake McGee RP TB 11 Days

McGee (elbow) threw 20 pitches off a mound Tuesday, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports.

It was McGee's first time throwing off a mound this spring, and he appears to have made it through the session without incident. He's still expected to open the year on the disabled list but could start a rehab assignment within the first few weeks of the season.

Jake McGee RP TB 13 Days

McGee (elbow) is planning throw his first bullpen session of the spring this upcoming Tuesday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

It appears that McGee's recovery from arthroscopic elbow surgery is still going according to plan, as the left-handed closer would reach another checkpoint with a successful bullpen session. He is still set to begin the season on the disabled list, but could begin a rehab assignment by mid-April.

Jake McGee RP TB 1 Month

McGee (elbow) began throwing from 105 feet Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

It's just another checkpoint in the recovery process for McGee, who is working his way back from arthroscopic surgery on his throwing elbow. He's set to open the season on the disabled list for the Rays, but is scheduled to return at some point in late April. Once healthy, it's uncertain if he'll reclaim the closer's role he held for most of last season, as manager Kevin Cash could opt to stick with Brad Boxberger, Grant Balfour, or whomever emerges out of spring training with the job to start the season.

Jake McGee RP TB 2 Months

McGee (elbow) played catch Monday for the first time since his surgery in December.

He is still expected to open the season on the disabled list after undergoing arthroscopic elbow surgery during the offseason, but McGee has been ahead of schedule in his recovery to this point, so there is reason to be optimistic that he could return to game action in April. Assuming he starts the season on the DL, Brad Boxberger figures to be a strong option in most formats.

Jake McGee RP TB 2 Months

McGee (elbow) agreed to a one-year, $3.55 million contract with the Rays on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Thanks in part to improved walk and swinging rates (as well as a low 2.9% HR/FB rate), McGee was able to cut his ERA from 2013 by more than half, from 4.02 to 1.89, and shave nearly 30 points off his WHIP. He recorded 19 saves and 14 holds against just four blown saves, but the Rays will have to turn elsewhere in the ninth inning to begin 2015, as McGee is expected to open the year on the DL following arthroscopic elbow surgery in December.

Jake McGee RP TB 2 Months

McGee (elbow) said his recovery is going well and he hopes to be ready to return sometime in April, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

McGee, who underwent elbow surgery in December, is ahead of schedule in his recovery and said there's a possibility he'll be ready to go in April, rather than early-May. At this point, it's too early to tell whether that timetable will hold up, but it's certainly encouraging to see McGee's rehabilitation is off to a strong start. The 28-year-old posted a 1.89 ERA with a 11.4 K/9 in 71.1 innings last season.

Jake McGee RP TB 3 Months

McGee (elbow) said Tuesday that he expects to return by late April or early May, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

The Rays announced earlier in the day that McGee underwent surgery last week to remove loose bodies from his left elbow. His rehabilitation will push into the regular season, but it sounds like the 28-year-old McGee is confident he'll be available for most of the year. Brad Boxberger will presumably take over the closer role in the interim, with newly-acquired Kevin Jepsen serving as the top right-handed setup man.

Jake McGee RP TB 3 Months

McGee underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery last week and will begin the year on the DL, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Right-hander Brad Boxberger will presumably be thrust into the ninth-inning role to begin 2015, though the Rays also went out and traded for Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday to bolster their back-end bullpen depth. McGee was dominant in his 71.1 innings last season, allowing just 15 earned runs (1.89 ERA) with a 90:16 K:BB, 14 holds and 19 saves, though his three blown saves in his final seven appearances perhaps should have been a warning sign that something was physically wrong with him.