D-backs' Scherzer looks good in mound session

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona's Max Scherzer threw off the mound Monday for the first time this spring and reported no ill effects.

Scherzer has been slowed in spring training by tendinitis in his right shoulder, but the fastballer held nothing back in his brief session.

Manager Bob Melvin says Scherzer would have a few more bullpen sessions before facing any live batters. The 24-year-old right-hander is penciled in as the Diamondbacks' fifth starter behind Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Doug Davis and Jon Garland.

As a rookie, Scherzer was 0-4 in 16 games for Arizona last season, seven as a starter, but had a 3.05 ERA with 66 strikeouts and 21 walks in 56 innings.