Jake McGee to throw off mound for first time Tuesday

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Rays closer Jake McGee told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune on Sunday that he is planning to throw his first bullpen session of the spring on Tuesday — probably a 20- or 25-pitch workout of all fastballs. It will be his first time throwing off a mound since December arthroscopic elbow surgery.

Assuming no setbacks, McGee is on track to join the Rays’ bullpen in late April or early May. Brad Boxberger and Kevin Jepsen figure to handle the ninth inning in the meantime.

McGee, 28, posted a lights-out 1.89 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, and 90/16 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 frames last season for a 77-85 Rays team. The left-hander boasts an 11.0 career K/9.