Paco Rodriguez set to throw simulated game Friday after strong bullpen session.

Paco Rodriguez

Paco Rodriguez has been on the disabled list since August 3 with a strained muscle near his left armpit. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Paco Rodriguez threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Tuesday at Dodger Stadium and couldn’t have been more pleased with the results.

Not only did he throw a perfect game, Rodriguez didn’t feel any of the usual soreness in his strained teres major muscle near his left armpit Wednesday morning.

“I feel good right now,” he said. “I was a little sore, but hopefully that’s the usual soreness.”

The pitcher said he’ll throw a simulated game Friday prior to the Dodgers’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Rodriguez had been having trouble the day after each of his previous bullpen sessions. The positive prognosis puts Paco on track to fulfill his mid-September return.

Rodriguez has a 4.35 ERA in 10 ⅓ innings (13 appearances) this season. He hasn’t pitched in a game since August 3.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.