INDIANAPOLIS — Nick Kingham isn’t where he was prior to having surgery, nor where he wants to be as a pitcher.

But he’s getting close.

In his return from Tommy John surgery, Kingham has continually made small steps forward that are starting to equal a big gain. He opened the season with one start in Class-A Bradenton, before moving up to where he left off prior to his injury: Triple-A Indianapolis.

Then he had his first 6-inning performance, followed by allowing just one walk and one run in 6.1 innings in his next start. He almost made it seven innings, throwing 107 pitches against Toledo in late-June, the first time he eclipsed the 100-pitch mark.

Now, for the next step:

“The focus right now is on pitch execution and fastball command,” said Larry Broadway, director of minor...

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