Jeff Niemann is back throwing long-toss and looks to be about two weeks from throwing from a mound. With as much money as the team has invested in their 2004 first round selection and lack of potential front-of-the-rotation starters in the system, you can understand the patient approach that the organization is taking. Although no official word has been made, look for Neimann to be on the mound for the Montgomery Biscuits in June with very limited pitch counts. If he can stay healthy and regain his fastball, we anticipate that Neimann will be in spring training with the parent club with a shot at making the 2007 rotation.
Niemann patient with recovery [Montgomery Advertiser]