Saito will need more time

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said reliever Takashi Saito will not be ready for active duty by Friday, the first day he’s eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list.

Saito strained his left hamstring in the team’s April 4 home opener and was scheduled for a bullpen session on Tuesday in Philadelphia and a simulated game on Friday at Miller Park.

“Rick [Kranitz, the pitching coach] is more comfortable if we get him out to face some hitters,” Roenicke said. “The bullpens, it’s hard to recreate that true 100 percent. If we do a simulated game, we have a chance to see where he is. Rick would be more comfortable if we do that a couple of times. We’ll see.”

Another veteran reliever, right-hander LaTroy Hawkins, should be back by the time Saito faces hitters. He rejoined the Brewers this week following a Minor League rehabilitation assignment and will be activated either Wednesday or Friday.

With those arms still unavailable, right-hander Mike McClendon was a very welcome addition Tuesday to a Brewers’ bullpen stretched as thin as it’s been all month. That’s what playing 30 innings over two days — a doubleheader on Sunday followed by a 12-inning game on Monday — will do to a ballclub.

“It’s uncomfortable when you think you could have another extra-inning game again,” Roenicke said.

McClendon joined the team after the Brewers placed starter Shaun Marcum on the bereavement list, but Roenicke was missing a number of his relief options on Tuesday.

Brandon Kintzler was off-limits after pitching two innings on back-to-back days and Sergio Mitre was unavailable while getting treatment on his right triceps, which was struck by a line drive on Monday night. Mitre said he felt much better today than he thought he would.


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