Brewers reliever Todd Coffey and starter Doug Davis both threw off the mound at Angel Stadium on Tuesday in their final steps before rehabilitation assignments to Triple-A Nashville.
Coffey will be up first. He has not pitched since May 29 because of a bruised right thumb, but threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and felt ready to pitch in a game. He will appear for Nashville on Thursday night in a doubleheader against Memphis and hopes to be activated by the Brewers on Friday night in Colorado.
“Roger [Caplinger] and Dan [Wright] have done a great job of keeping my shoulder in shape,” Coffey said, referring to the Brewers’ athletic trainers. “Today in my bullpen, I felt like I didn’t miss a beat. I’ll get in one game real quick and then get back and throw some strikes.”
Davis, on the disabled list since May 16, when he developed inflammation of the lining around his heart, threw about 45 pitches in a three-inning simulated game at Angel Stadium on Tuesday and is scheduled to start for Nashville on Saturday against Oklahoma City and again the following Thursday, June 24, at Memphis. If those outings go well, he should return to the Brewers on June 29.
“I feel great,” Davis said. “I was a little rusty throwing strikes in the third inning, just because I probably wasn’t waiting as long as I would wait between innings. Maybe I got a little tired from throwing too hard. But my arm felt good, my stuff was sharp.”
Utility man Joe Inglett served as the batter.
“The swings he was getting off me made me feel pretty good, especially when he turned around right-handed,” Davis joked.
Inglett bats left-handed.
Davis is scheduled to throw his usual between-starts side session on Thursday. That’s an off-day for the Brewers, so the team sent him Tuesday night to Phoenix, where Davis has an off-season home and where the Brewers have their year-round training facility.