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Archer on schedule after hernia operation


BRADENTON, Fla. -- Chris Archer is right on schedule in his rehab from bilateral hernia surgery.

On Monday, Archer played catch for the fourth time since the surgery, which was performed in November, as the Pirates opened their minicamp at Pirate City. The 30-year-old always begins his throwing program on Jan. 1.

“I feel fine,” Archer said. “I don’t really have to go all out off the mound for about three more months (the Pirates open March 28 against the Reds at Cincinnati). I’ll be ready to go. I’m not worried about that at all. I'm on schedule."

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