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09/05/11 11:40 PM ET

Moylan perfect in return from back surgery

ATLANTA -- As many of his teammates mulled around the clubhouse after Monday night's 9-0 loss to the Phillies, Peter Moylan was still feeling some of the excitement from his perfect seventh inning.

This was Moylan's first appearance since undergoing surgery in May to repair a herniated disc, the 32-year-old reliever's third back surgery since 2001.

"You wish for a better outcome, but for me, personally and selfishly, it could have been the seventh game of the World Series with the amount of adrenaline I had going," Moylan said. "It's nice to get through an inning and feel like you're back."

In evaluating his 12-pitch inning, Moylan said he was fortunate to get away with a changeup he threw to Hunter Pence, but for the most part, he was pleased with the outing.

"Once I get out there a few more times and get the feel for everything," he said, "I think I'll be a lot better. But I was happy with the way everything went."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.