Injured Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Jim Henderson is making major progress in his recovery from right shoulder inflammation, according to a report.
MLB.com reported that Henderson, out since May 1, threw off a mound for the first time since he felt pain in his shoulder during the first outing of a rehab assignment at Double-A Huntsville on May 23.
“Probably the best it’s felt since spring training, but it’s only one bullpen,” Henderson said after his workout at Chase Field in Phoenix on Wednesday.
Henderson will continue his rehab at the Brewers’ training facility at Maryvale Baseball Park in suburban Phoenix. Right-hander Tyler Thornburg, on the disabled list with a sore elbow, is also expected to remain at Maryvale.
Because of the setback, Henderson is not expected back with Milwaukee before the All-Star break. Expected to be the closer this season, Henderson struggled in spring training with his velocity and lost the job to Francisco Rodriguez.
Henderson has a 7.15 ERA and 1.588 WHIP in 14 appearances this season for the Brewers, working 11.1 innings and striking out 17. Much of the damage to his ERA came in his final outing before landing on the disabled list, when he gave up five runs and recorded only two outs in a loss at Cincinnati on May 1.
Last season, Henderson took over the closer’s role when John Axford faltered. He converted 28 of 32 save chances in 2013.