Jonathan Broxton was cleared to begin throwing on Monday night, and began doing so immediately. But it still figures to be a while before the reliever rejoins the active roster.

Broxton, on the disabled list since May with a bone bruise in his right elbow, was cleared after a Monday examination by team doctor Neal ElAttrache. He began soft toss during Monday's game.

"He actually threw inside the weight room," head trainer Stan Conte said Tuesday, "so it sure wasn't very much. We'll keep his velocity down and his distance short. Today, he threw out to 45 feet.

"And it will be that way for the next couple weeks to build a base."

The progressive throwing program will gradually increase distance and number of throws, Conte said. Velocity will "be kept down for a while, because that puts more stress on the elbow."