MIAMI -- Although the Marlins' closer situation remains up in the air, the team is close to returning another key bullpen arm to the mix.
Right-handed reliever Edward Mujica, who broke his right pinky toe on June 29, expects to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday if everything goes as planned.
Mujica threw a bullpen session on Thursday, the second time he has done so since removing a walking boot. After the first bullpen session, on Tuesday, Mujica said that he felt some pain during his first few throws but felt good afterward.
He expects to make a rehab appearance in Jupiter, Fla., on either Friday or Saturday.
"I feel much better," Mujica said on Thursday. "A little bit of pain, but nothing like the first time. It feels much better right now."
His only concern is being able to make plays on ground balls and comebackers, but he plans to do some running drills to test the toe.
"I just might be a little bit scared for running stuff, like covering first, fielding ... bunt plays and everything," he said.