May 1, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jim Henderson (29) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Great American Ball Park. The Reds won 8-3. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Henderson Close To Beginning Rehab Assignment

Milwaukee Brewers’ reliever Jim Henderson will soon be sent out on a rehab assignment, according to manager Ron Roenicke. Henderson, who was placed on the disabled list on May 2 with shoulder inflammation, will throw his last bullpen session on Tuesday.

Henderson hasn’t felt any pain since throwing in a bullpen session last Saturday, but Tuesday will be his final test. Henderson did say he felt a little weak, however.

“It’s one of those day-by-day things now,” Henderson told Joe Morgan of MLB.com. “You’re anxious, but you’ve got to be patient with it, too.”

Henderson was originally slated to be the Brewers’ Opening Day closer, but Roenicke changed his mind and gave the title to Francisco Rodriguez. Henderson has a 7.15 ERA in 14 appearances this season.

Henderson told Morgan he feels comfortable with how his recovery process is going, and believes pitching in warmer climates when he is activated will help.

“One of the problems was I wasn’t able to get loose,” Henderson said. “That hasn’t been a problem so far. It was cold in Chicago, but I got loose playing catch fine there, too, so that’s been encouraging. Everything’s going well.”

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