Feb 25, 2014; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jim Henderson (29) throws during Spring Training practice at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Brewers RHP Jim Henderson Back To Maryvale

Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Jim Henderson was not activated from the 60-day disabled list when his minor-league rehabilitation assignment ended Friday.

Instead, the 31-year-old will head back to the Brewers complex in Arizona to continue working on strengthening his shoulder.

Henderson has been out since May 1 and can’t seem to find his velocity this season, something that was a problem all the way back to spring training.

Henderson made three scoreless appearances covering 3.2 innings for the Arizona Brewers at the Rookie level and didn’t allow an earned run in three appearances and four innings at Double-A Huntsville.

But at Triple-A Nashville, Henderson allowed two runs in 2.2 innings over three appearances and wasn’t able to dial up the same fastball he had when he won the closer’s job in 2013.

Last season, Henderson’s fastball averaged 95.3 mph and he would pump it up to 98 mph.

“He just can’t get back to where he feels like he’s ready,” manager Ron Roenicke told MLB.com. “He hit 94, but he was not pitching at 94.

“His velocity is still down. It’s OK. For another pitcher it’s probably pretty good.”

For a team in the thick of the pennant race, though, Henderson’s limitations would handcuff the bullpen.

“I don’t think I can pitch him three days in a row,” Roenicke said. “And face it, these guys have to be able to do things like that. I just don’t know with our roster and where it is how we would be able to do something like that, especially if he says he doesn’t feel ready.”

General manager Doug Melvin said he made offers to the Boston Red Sox for right-hander Koji Uehara and to the San Diego Padres for right-hander Joaquin Benoit, but was rebuffed.

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