Even with Wade Davis thinking about making his major league debut in 2009 and Jake McGee just trying to get back from Tommy John surgery, the formerly inseparable duo are found together once again…In a column by Joe Smith of the St. Pete Times. And it is good news for both.

First, Smith tells us that Davis, who is already one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, has added a slider to his arsenal and significantly improved his changeup.

RHP Wade Davis is one of several pitchers scheduled to throw live batting practice today (with more live batting practice Sunday). Fans might notice a few changes in his repertoire. Davis said he added a slider during a stint at Triple A last season and has made significant strides on his changeup…”I’m definitely a little different in a lot of ways,” he said. “Last year, fastball-curveball was my only thing. Now I’ve got a little more to work with.”

Then, Smith reveals that McGee will return to the mound on Monday for the first time since his surgery.

LHP Jake McGee, one of the Rays’ top pitching prospects, plans to throw off the mound Monday for the first time since Tommy John surgery in July. Though he’ll throw just 20 pitches, all fastballs, it will be a big step…”I was kind of crushed because I knew I would have had a chance to be in Triple A and maybe up (in the majors) in September,” he said. “Now I never know what would have happened.”…McGee said his early goal is to be back in July and eventually join Class A Charlotte.

Run, Jake! Run!

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