Astros' Lance McCullers: Throwing, but not from mound

McCullers (back) has been playing catch this week, but has yet to progress to pitching off a mound, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It's encouraging news that McCullers is throwing, but we'll know he's getting close when the right-hander takes to the mound in a bullpen session. The presumption is that McCullers will need a minor-league rehabilitation assignment.

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