Kline (elbow) held a throwing session Tuesday and said he's had a "normal" offseason, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Tommy John surgery knocked Kline out of action for the entire 2016 season, but he's now focusing on building back strength in his arm. The right-hander's goal is to begin the season with a full-season affiliate, rather than hanging back in extended spring training, with the goal of returning to the Double-A level, where he left off in 2015. In that campaign, Kline made eight starts at Double-A, posting a 3.66 ERA and 1.37 WHIP across 39.1 innings.
Kline was shut down after eight starts last season, then made one appearance in the fall instructional league before having surgery to repair a ligament in his elbow. At this rate, he might be able to get back into game action late this summer. Kline was a highly regarded prospect when he was drafted in 2012, but his status had diminished even before last season.
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