Hoping for a better result than the first time around, right-hander Jim Henderson of the Milwaukee Brewers pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in his first appearance on his most recent rehabilitation assignment.
Starting for the rookie-level Brewers in Arizona, Henderson allowed a hit while recording four outs.
It’s Henderson’s second attempt at coming back from right shoulder inflammation that has had him on the disabled list since May 1.
His first rehab assignment was ended after he experienced pain in his shoulder after throwing an inning for Double-A Huntsville on May 23.
Henderson went to the disabled list after getting rocked for five runs while recording just two outs in an appearance at Cincinnati on May 1.
He lost his closer’s job to Francisco Rodriguez in spring training, but had pitched fairly well in 13 relief appearances prior to his fateful outing against the Reds.
For the season, Henderson has a 7.15 ERA and 1.588 WHIP in 14 appearances and 11.1 innings, striking out 17 and giving up three home runs.
Last season, Henderson took over for an ineffective John Axford as the closer and wound up saving 28 games in 37 chances, finishing with a 2.70 ERA and 1.133 WHIP in 61 appearance and 60 innings, striking out 75 and allowing eight homers.
Manager Ron Roenicke sounded as if it will be awhile before Henderson is back with Milwaukee, though.
“I heard it was OK, but the velocity, from what I heard—I didn’t get any numbers—wasn’t there,” Roenicke told MLB.com. “He’s not a guy that’s going to throw 90 and be a command guy and throw off-speed pitches. He’s got to have life on his ball. And when there’s life, there’s velocity.”
In other injury-related news for the Brewers, right-hander Tyler Thornburg—out since June 6 with a sore elbow—has begun a throwing program, but isn’t ready for a rehab assignment yet.
Thornburg has a 4.25 ERA and 1.517 WHIP in 27 appearances and 29.2 innings this season, striking out 28 and allowing one home run.
Like Henderson, Thornburg went to the DL after a disastrous outing—in Thornburg’s case, it was a 40-pitch inning at Pittsburgh on June 6 during which he allowed five runs and walked four batters.