Riske throws off mound on Saturday
Right-hander inches closer to returning to Brewers' pen
DENVER -- Brewers reliever David Riske continues to take steps retuning to the big league team.The right-hander, on the disabled list with a hyperextended right elbow and a sore shoulder, threw off a mound for the first time on Saturday, though the catcher was in a standing position to reduce the strain on Riske's arm. On Tuesday in Houston, Riske is scheduled to throw off the mound again, this time with the catcher in his usual crouch. He may have to throw several such bullpen sessions before the team would consider activating him. "Another step," Riske said of Saturday's session. Riske is 0-1 with a 4.71 ERA in 18 outings this season, though he had a 1.80 ERA in his last eight games. Closer Eric Gagne, on the DL with a right shoulder strain, continues to throw on flat ground. He played catch Saturday from about 120 feet at about 75 percent effort, Gagne said. He'll have to increase to about 95 percent before throwing off a mound. "I'm just trying to get my strength back," Gagne said. Brewers manager Ned Yost did not anticipate getting either reliever back before the Brewers return from their current weeklong road trip. "I'm not getting them in the next day or two, but they're definitely getting closer," Yost said.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.