McClung, Colome make strides in bullpen

Brewers relievers Seth McClung and Jesus Colome finished mound sessions on Sunday feeling confident about pitching before the 2009 season is over.

McClung threw 30 pitches and Colome 35 in the Miller Park bullpen before Sunday’s series finale against the Pirates in their first mound work since going to the disabled list with injuries. McClung has been out since July 25 with a sprained right elbow, and Colome since Aug. 18 with a strained right forearm. 

“It felt great to go out there and throw off a mound, especially after more than a month,” said McClung, who underwent Tommy John surgery on the elbow in 2003. “Getting out there on a mound, it kind of puts you in a different mindset. I’m not just going out there to play catch, I went out there to make pitches.” 

McClung threw all fastballs during his session. It marked an informal reunion with Brewers interim pitching coach Chris Bosio, who was Tampa Bay’s pitching coach in 2003 when McClung was on that team. 

Colome is eligible to be activated on Wednesday and probably won’t need a Minor League rehabilitation assignment if he is able to return on that date or soon thereafter. McClung, though, has requested that he pitch an inning for a affiliate before returning to the big leagues. Double-A Huntsville is one candidate because the Stars are headed to the playoffs. 

“I would like to pitch in a game, at least once, somewhere,” McClung said. “I hate to burden guys when they’re trying to win something, but you have to do what you have to do.”

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