Hawkins back, but return on hold

Fresh off a Minor League rehabilitation assignment, reliever LaTroy Hawkins rejoined the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park on Monday but will not be activated from the disabled list until Wednesday at the earliest.

Hawkins pitched five times for the Brewers’ Class A and Triple-A affiliates to test his surgically-repaired right shoulder. Since his assignment ended with back-to-back appearances for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and Sunday, the Brewers want Hawkins to rest at least two days before reinstating him to the active roster.

If the Brewers make it through Monday’s and Tuesday’s games without burning-out the bullpen, they may wait through Thursday’s off-day to activate Hawkins. In that event, he would be active for Friday’s series-opener against the Astros.

“I feel like I felt in ’09. No pain, no restriction, no tightness,” said Hawkins, who reported feeling, “outstanding.”

After missing most of 2010 with shoulder trouble, Hawkins is hoping to make up for lost time in the second season of his two-year, $7.5 million contract.

A couple more injury updates:

– Nyjer Morgan remained unavailable to start Monday and manager Ron Roenicke would not rule out the need to place the speedster on the disabled list with his deep right thigh bruise. Morgan, though, said he was feeling better every day.

– Right fielder Corey Hart departed Monday afternoon to catch a flight for New Orleans, where he will join Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. How long Hart remains with the Sounds depends on how he feels at the plate. He’s working back from a left oblique strain.

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