Hoffman close to the mound
Trevor Hoffman played catch again Saturday, and Brewers officials are hopeful that their rehabbing closer will be back on a pitcher’s mound before the team’s homestand concludes on Wednesday.
Hoffman, out since March 13 because of a strained muscle along his rib cage, threw from 120 feet with head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger prior to Game 2 of a Brewers-Cubs series at Miller Park and completed the exercise without incident, according to general manager Doug Melvin.
He still faces a number of steps before appearing for the Brewers in a game and might not be back until the final week of April even in the best-case scenario. Assuming Hoffman can return to a mound before Wednesday’s homestand finale, he would throw at least two such bullpen sessions followed by one or two days of live batting practice against Brewers hitters to test the strength of the strained muscle in his right side. Each of those “throw days” would probably be followed by at least one day off.
After that, Hoffman will be sent out on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment. The destination is to be determined.
“He’s definitely going to pitch somewhere, there’s no doubt about that,” manager Ken Macha said. “There will be a rehab assignment, yeah.”