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VIDEO: Tyler Johnson and Brandon Morrow throw bullpen, plus comments

Here's some video of Tyler Johnson and Brandon Morrow throwing bullpens this afternoon. Johnson, if he's healthy, will most likely be the left-on-left specialist in the bullpen - something he believes.

"I'm not really worried about that, if I'm healthy, I think I'm going to be there," he said. "It's just a matter of my healthy. I've been to eight big league spring training, not like its my first second or third one I know what to expect. I know if I'm healthy I'll be in the big leagues."

For his career, lefties are hitting just .228 against Johnson. But righties - albeit a smaller sample size - are hitting just .237.

Johnson said his bullpen session was good. But he admitted he didn't have the command that he did in his bullpen on Saturday.

"The last session was awesome, you wouldn't have even known I had surgery," he said. "My stuff was just nasty as it has been."

Particularly nasty was his breaking ball that was sharp and biting and would cause troubles for most lefties.

"It's doing what I want to do, it's coming out of my hand nice and it's got good spin," he said. "Even today I had it, it just wasn't as accurate. As far as the rotation on the ball and movement, I couldn't ask for anything better."

Morrow is coming back off of a strained forearm and threw 30 pitches. He was quite pleased with how the session felt, and more importantly how he felt afterward.

"I was definitely frustrated the last time because I had already taken five days off and then came back and not feel good, I felt good today," he said. "It was 30 pitches my normal bullpen effort level. I wasn't airing it out or anything."

Morrow figures he'll throw another bullpen session on Thursday and be ready to pitch in another game after that. But does that mean he'll be ready when the seasons opens.

"I don't know," he said. "I'm trying not to look at the calendar. I know were getting close to the deadline. I'm not trying to think about it. They told me not to worry about rushing back or feel like I need to be ready by then if I'm not feeling 100 percent."

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