Vizcaino has missed the past two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made 17 appearances with the Braves in 2011 as a 20-year-old, going 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 17:9 K:BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings.
"He looked very, very good," Renteria told ESPN. "We were very pleased with his session. Very sharp. Live fastball. Was hitting his spots, burying his pitches when he needed to."
Vizcaino missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery and experiencing bone chips in his elbow. But he just turned 23 in November.
"The ball came out of his hand pretty easy," manager Rick Renteria said of Vizcaino. "He stayed down in the zone pretty consistently in his 'pen today. He looked comfortable, very fit. I think he looked as good as we would want him to look at this point."
The Cubs aren't putting a timetable on the right-hander's return, but when Vizcaino is ready, it appears he's headed for a bullpen role.
"Obviously, it's been a long road back," Renteria said. "He's got some skill. The ball really comes out of his hand easily. His breaking pitches have some bite to them. Even as you're watching him work his bullpens, he has some presence on the mound. His demeanor is very professional."
According to CSNChicago.com,
Vizcaino, who the Cubs acquired from the Braves in a 2012 deal for Paul Maholm, is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery but has been "electric" in outings this fall, throwing 98 mph.
Vizcaino has been out since 2011 due to the injury to his right elbow. He has yet to make an appearance in the Cubs organization since being traded by the Braves in July 2012.
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