CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jimmy Cordero is not concerned with the bicep injury that has kept him off the mound so far in spring training. The Phillies prospect is the only pitcher yet to throw off a mound. He expects to do so within the next week.

Cordero said he expects to be ready for the season. The righthander started throwing long toss this week on flat surface, as he builds strength. Next week, Cordero said, he will throw a bullpen session and live batting practice.


"It just feels sore," Cordero said. "I'm not that worried. I want to build for the season. It will be better if I take it easy now."

The Phillies acquired Cordero last July from Toronto. He struck out 18 batters in 17 innings last season with double-A Reading. His fastball - which reached 104 mph this winter - could help him become a future closer in the majors.