Lawrenceville LAWRENCEVILLE -- After nearly four months since he last threw in a real baseball game, Peter Moylan rated his first rehab outing a five.
"My change-up was good," Moylan said. "I don't know what the velocity was on my fastball was, but I felt like it was coming out OK, the movement wasn't there but for the first time against hitters I'll take it."
The scoreboard at Coolray Field clocked his early fastballs at a gracious low 90s.
"I'll take that. If I was throwing that hard, then I'll be happy," Moylan said, when told. "My slider was poop, to say it mildly. It was not very good and that is a pitch I rely on a lot in the big leagues."
Moylan last pitched in a big-league game April 14 at Florida and the Braves placed him on the 60-day disabled list a month later after he had surgery on his back.
Against the Charlotte Knights, Moylan got a full work load in his one inning. The right-hander needed 18 pitches to get through the first inning, allowing a single and a walk. He also threw a wild pitch. But aside from a four-pitch walk to Dayan Viciedo, Moylan kept his pitches in the strike zone. Of his 18 pitches, 10 were for strikes and to the first three batters he threw just two balls outside of the strike zone.
"I feel good," Moylan said. "I have been throwing a lot so I knew it wasn't an issue as far my back or my shoulder or elbow. I've been throwing a bunch so this was a small outing for me."
Facing batters with runners on base, Moylan did catch a spike on his slide-step, but that is all part of the rehab process. He plans to pitch again for the G-Braves on Thursday, take a day off and pitch Saturday. Moylan will then join Gwinnett on the road at Durham hoping to pitch consecutive outings Monday and Tuesday.
"It's a whole different thing when you are throwing live BP against guys that you know and then having to come up against a team and pitch. I guess it's mental," he said. "It's all a part of getting back in the game and to strength and game speed.
"I am ready to get back, I want to get back (to Atlanta). I would love to help them."