ST. PETERSBURG -- Kyle Farnsworth (right elbow strain) stood by his locker before Friday night's game and said things were going "good" and "a lot better."
"I'm feeling looser, I'm not throwing any," Farnsworth said. "But it feels so much better than before."
The Rays' closer said the inflammation is gone from the area, which means he is making progress toward throwing a baseball again.
"I'm not going to try and push it too much until it's ready," Farnsworth said.
Farnsworth had an elbow problem at the end of last season. So he was asked if he regretted not doing anything differently during the offseason to help overcome what appeared to be a continuation of the problem.
"What I should not have done is throw the splitty," he said. "But I did everything I could during the offseason. It was fine all during the offseason and during Spring Training. I think the main thing was trying to throw the splitty again and that's what irritated it the most."
Farnsworth explained why he found frustration in having the split-fingered fastball cause the problem.
"I never really needed it in the first place, anyway," Farnsworth said. "That was the bad thing about it. I have a changeup in case I do need something like that."
Farnsworth estimated that he will begin to throw in a week at the earliest. As for the job Fernando Rodney has done closing thus far, Farnsworth said: "Good. Very efficient."