Right-handed reliever Jim Henderson is finally off the disabled list as the Milwaukee Brewers recalled Henderson from his minor league rehab stint, optioning him to AAA Colorado Springs, according to CBS Sports.com.
The 32-year-old Canadian pitched for three teams this spring during his rehab from right shoulder surgery, beginning at A-Advanced Brevard County, where he appeared in two games in mid-April before moving his rehab to AA Biloxi.
Henderson was particularly sharp for the Shuckers, throwing in four games (4 IP), allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five. He earned a save and did not allow a run.
He moved to Colorado Springs and got roughed up a bit, posting an 8.31 ERA in three outings.
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Henderson has not appeared in the major leagues since last May 1, when he got hammered, giving up four hits and five runs in two-thirds of an inning in an 8-3 loss to Cincinnati.
He went on the disabled list the next day and after spending three months rehabbing the shoulder, elected to have season-ending surgery in mid-August.
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MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reported that Henderson was ‘near 100 percent effort’ in spring training in late February. That turned out to not be the case as he started the season on the 15-day DL.
Henderson has pitched well at times this spring but has not shown the consistent domination that he had over the National League in 2013, when he earned 28 saves in 61 outings for Milwaukee.
It is likely he will try to build arm strength at Colorado Springs in the hope of returning to Milwaukee this summer.
A healthy Henderson could help out the Brewers bullpen, which has been pretty good this year, but has been pretty awful at times as well.
Here’s hoping we see the low-to-mid 90s fastball again during late inning action for the Brewers.