After two months on the disabled list, LaTroy Hawkins will finally return to the mound Thursday, for the Brewers rookie league team in Arizona.
Hawkins is scheduled to pitch one inning in Arizona against the Cubs rookie league squad. If all goes according to plan in that outing for Hawkins, the veteran reliever will go to Nashville to continue his rehab with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate.
“I don’t know exactly what the schedule is, but he’s going to get back-to-back days and he’s going to get a two-inning stint also,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said. “Hopes are that he may be back around the Cincinnati series [on July 26-28].”
The true test over the next two weeks for Hawkins will be the back-to-back days he pitches with Nashville, Macha said based on his conversation with pitching coach Rick Peterson.
“It’s broken up into back-to-back days and then a two-inning stint, and I think the back-to-back days are right before the Cincinnati series,” Macha said. “Rick’s feeling is if he’s fine after the back-to-back days he should be ready to join us.”
— Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
No major surprises in manager Ken Macha’s final lineup before the All-Star break.
It’s Cerveceros Day at Miller Park and the Brewers are looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since winning five in a row from June 20-25.
Geoff Jenkins signed a one-day contract with the Brewers and then formally retired on Friday, but is interested in remaining in baseball, either as a coach or in some front office capacity. Perhaps the Brewers will find an opening.
Brewers general manager Ken Macha offered good news on the Yovani Gallardo front Friday: The injured right-hander played catch for 10 minutes from 90 feet during the afternoon in his first activity since straining a rib-cage muscle on Sunday in St. Louis.
Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers lineup tonight for the start of a three-game series against the Pirates, looking at snap an 0-for-17 slump, and Doug Davis is back in the starting rotation, looking to make up for lost time spent on the disabled list.
Casey McGehee CF
Freddy Sanchez 2B
Nothing too surprising in the Brewers lineup Wednesday night, aside from one change near the top.
The Brewers decided to play it safe with their ace right-hander on Tuesday, placing right-hander Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list with a left rib-cage strain and officially removing him from eligibility for next week’s All-Star Game.