Aug 3, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the second inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Simulated game, no rehab stint for Milwaukee Brewers’ Matt Garza

Right-hander Matt Garza, out with a strained left oblique since Aug. 3, will skip a minor league rehabilitation assignment and will instead pitch a simulated game for the Milwaukee Brewers before being activated next week.

Garza will throw the sim on Friday and, barring any setbacks, he will rejoin the rotation in Chicago early next week.

“I won’t say an exact date that we’re thinking,” manager Ron Roenicke told MLB.com Wednesday. “But if it goes well, we should be able to get him back out there.”

Garza is scheduled to throw 45-50 pitches on Friday and the timing is complicating the logistics of a rehab assignment. The Brewers are on the West Coast, active rosters expand to 40 players on Monday and minor league seasons are rapidly winding down.

The roster expansion is actually a factor that simplifies things.

“It helps us because we’re not worried about him having to pitch a game and go five or six innings for us,” Roenicke said. “If he goes three or four, we’re fine because of what extra arms we’ll have up.”

Garza threw a bullpen session Tuesday and had no soreness to report on Wednesday.

Garza’s return will mean a shuffling of the rotation. Right-hander Mike Fiers is 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 0.500 WHIP in four starts since being recalled to replace Garza on the active roster and rookie right-hander Jimmy Nelson is 2-5 with a 4.10 ERA and 1.348 WHIP in nine starts this season.

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