Saito scratched with tight shoulder
For the second time this season, Brewers reliever Takashi Saito went out to rehab an injury and returned with a different injury.
This time it’s a tight right shoulder that sidelined Saito, who was supposed to pitch an inning for Class A Wisconsin on Sunday. He was scratched just before the Timber Rattlers’ game and drove home to Miller Park to be examined by head team physician William Raasch.
Saito will be examined again on Monday, and barring red flags will be sent to pitch Tuesday for Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers are trying to get him back for the start of their next homestand.
“He felt a little tightness in his shoulder, and he didn’t want to go out there and throw and take a chance on it becoming something worse,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “They’ve taken a look at it, and right now they’re just calling it shoulder tightness.”
It was an unfortunately familiar feeling for the 41-year-old Saito. In late April, he had just reported to Nashville to rehab a hamstring strain when he strained his left oblique, an injury that still has him on the 15-day disabled list.
Last year, Saito missed the Atlanta Braves’ postseason series against the eventual World Champion Giants because of a sore right shoulder.
It has been a costly injury for the Brewers, who were counting on Saito to be closer John Axford’s primary set-up man, and for Saito himself. His one-year contract guaranteed $1.75 million and included $1.5 million in incentives — $50,000 each for 15, 20, 25 and 30 appearances; $100,000 each for 35, 40 and 50 appearances; $150,000 for 50 and 55 appearances; and $200,000 for 60 appearances; plus $100,000 each for 30, 60, 90, 120 and 150 days on the active roster.
He’s made two appearances so far and was placed on the DL April 11, 10 days after Opening Day.
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