Walden progressing in hamstring recovery

Jordan Walden said his left hamstring is improving after spending a week at the Braves’ spring training complex for rest and rehabilitation. He has been playing catch up to distances of 120 feet.

Walden was to be examined by Braves team doctors Monday evening but was hopeful he could throw his first bullpen session as early as Tuesday. He is on the disabled list retroactive to May 5 and eligible to return whenever he proves to be ready.

“It’s feeling a lot better just got to keep working on it, get some more strength in there, hopefully I’ll be on the mound soon,” Walden said.

Walden’s unorthodox delivery puts a lot of stress on his legs – and he battled groin strains last season. Walden said his hamstring bothered him landing, when he tried to throw a bullpen session shortly after he injured it May 4 against the Giants.