Hoffman down with rib injury

Baseball’s all-time saves leader is the latest Brewer to be shut down with a ribcage injury.

Trevor Hoffman was bumped from a scheduled appearance over the weekend and will miss a few more days with a strained muscle in his right side, Brewers manager Ken Macha revealed on Tuesday. The news came a day after starter Braden Looper, Milwaukee’s other big off-season pick-up pitched a Minor League game for the first time since he suffered his own rib injury.

Togethher, Hoffman and Looper will take up at least $10.75 million of Milwaukee’s payroll, which projects for the neighborhood of $85-$90 million. But Looper is back on track to be ready for the start of the season, and pitching coach Bill Castro believes Hoffman will be, too.

“[Hoffman] doesn’t need that many innings,” Castro said. “He knows what he’s doing to get ready and when the bell rings, I think he will be ready. We’re only halfway through Spring Training right now. We forget that there are 10 extra days. I think he’ll be fine.”

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