On Friday, Todd Coffey tested his bruised right thumb in a one-inning appearance for Triple-A Nashville.
On Saturday, he tested his patience.
Coffey declared himself ready to return from the 15-day disabled list, but the Brewers, with a relatively-rested bullpen, waited one more game to make the roster move. Following a heartbreaking, 8-7 loss to the Rockies, the team activated Coffey and outrighted fellow reliever Chris Smith to Triple-A Nashville. Coffey will be back in the bullpen for Sunday’s series finale.
“I’m ready to jump back in there in the seventh or eighth inning and go right after them,” Coffey said a few hours earlier.
He was very sharp in his rehabilitation stint for Nashville on Friday night. Coffey needed only 13 pitches in his 1-2-3 inning and struck out the first batter he faced.
It was his first game action since May 29, when Coffey suffered a bone bruise at the base of his thumb during a rare at-bat.
“I feel real good,” Coffey said. “I felt like I had command of everything. I made sure I put a little extra pressure [on the thumb] while throwing the sinker, just to make sure it was good.”