Simulated game next for Heilman before return

Simulated game next for Heilman before return

Simulated game next for Heilman before return
PHOENIX -- Aaron Heilman threw another bullpen session Thursday and the D-backs reliever could be close to returning to action.

Heilman has been out since April 14 due to tendinitis in his right shoulder.

Heilman said that he expects to face hitters in a simulated game at Chase Field on Sunday and then he should be ready to be activated.

"I don't think so," Heilman said when asked if he thought he needed a Minor League rehab assignment. "I feel good. My command was good today, everything is pretty much there."