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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Brent Honeywell is on the rehab trail

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Two top Rays pitching prospects update their rehab, plus more stadium notes

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Jul 9, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; USA pitcher Brent Honeywell (21) throws a pitch in the first inning during the 2017 MLB Futures Game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Brent Honeywell is on the comeback trail as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery.

One of the top pitching prospects in baseball, Honeywell underwent the knife in February after tearing his UCL at the onset of spring training. Honeywell came into camp with the expectation that he’d be competing for a spot in the starting rotation, but the injury resulted in him missing the entire season and he is expected to return midway through the 2019 campaign.

Yesterday, Honeywell took an important step as he threw off a mound for the first time since having the surgery performed.

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Jose De Leon is also progressing in his rehab. He too, arrived in camp last February with the hope of landing on the Rays Opening Day roster and had impressed the Rays brass early. Unfortunately, he would also have to undergo the knife, causing him to miss the entire 2018 season as well. He threw off a mound for the first time in his rehab just a few days ago.

Both pitchers are thought to be integral to the Rays future success and to see them healthy and throwing off the mound again, is tremendous.

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