Hoffman still taking it easy

Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman told me this morning that he is still a week or so away from appearing in his first Cactus League contest. Hoffman has been working closely with the team’s medical staff this spring on a plan to avoid a repeat of last spring, when Hoffman developed a rib-cage strain that sent him to the disabled list for the start of the season. 

At 42, Hoffman obviously knows what he needs to be ready for Opening Day. He ramped up to a bullpen session on Monday and will probably only pitch in a handful of Spring Training games.
“It’s 3 1/2 weeks until we start [the regular season], so it’s probably time to get going,” Hoffman said. “We’re still where they want me to be.” 
If Hoffman indeed waits into next week to make his spring debut, the Brewers are at Maryvale Baseball Park on Monday to face the Indians (a TV game on FS Wisconsin). Then they are away for three days until returning for four straight home games from Friday, March 19 to Monday, March 22. 
Photo courtesy of Scott Paulus/Brewers
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