Bickford (hand) tossed a bullpen earlier this week but is still weeks away from returning to action,'s Adam McCalvy reports.

Bickford has been out since the end of last year. He was handed a 50-game suspension in December for testing positive for a drug of abuse and broke his hand this past May. The right-hander will likely remain on the shelf until the beginning of August, barring any setbacks.

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