ST. PETERSBURG -- The rehab process for injured right-hander Drew Hutchison is well underway, but the rookie right-hander doesn't want to put a tentative timetable on his eventual return.
Hutchison was lost for the season in June because of a right elbow injury that eventually required Tommy John surgery. He's expected to be out until at least next year's All-Star Break, but Hutchison says he doesn't have a specific goal in mind.
"It's a little early to look at that," Hutchison said. "Right now, I'm just going one day at a time, rehabbing, doing what they say to do.
"I think they're all different, so right now I'm just worried about getting healthy. Don't really have a timeframe for when that is, but I'll take my time, get it right, get it healthy.
Hutchison has been working out at the club's Minor League complex for the past two months, but is still not allowed to throw until January. Instead he works on range of motion exercises on his right arm and shoulder while continuing his lower-body routine.
The one small consolation from a season that was derailed by injuries is that Hutchison does have some company in central Florida. Kyle Drabek and Luis Perez went through the same surgical procedure this year, and the trio have been working out together.
In the case of Drabek, it's the second time he has undergone Tommy John. The fact that he has been through it before provides at least a small level of comfort to Hutchison.
"Kyle's been through it once already, so he knows what to expect," Hutchison said. "Obviously if you have any questions or you're not sure what to expect, I always ask him and he has a pretty good idea of what's going on.
"Kyle's a little ahead, Luis' a couple of weeks ahead of me. But right now it's pretty similar."
Hutchison went 5-3 with a 4.60 ERA in 11 starts this season before suffering the season-ending injury during the first inning of a game against Philadelphia on June 15.