Riske slated for simulated game
Brewers' reliever set to pitch for first time since September
PHOENIX -- Brewers reliever David Riske will pitch a simulated game in Minor League camp Sunday, his first action since right elbow surgery last September.The Brewers want total control over Riske's first outing, which is scheduled for 20 pitches and will take place on the Minor League half of Maryvale Baseball Park. He has not pitched for the Brewers since Sept. 7, when Riske's first Brewers season was cut short by a bone spur in his elbow.
"It's a controlled environment," manager Ken Macha said of pitching Riske in a "sim game" instead of the Brewers-Royals game in Surprise, Ariz. "If we want to stop the game after so many pitches, we can do that. He's been throwing the ball very well."Riske said he would like to amass 10-12 innings in Spring Training to be ready for the start of the season, and given the length of this year's camp, he's right on track. Riske underwent surgery on Sept. 23, and since then he has left the schedule in the hands of head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger and assistant athletic trainer Dan Wright. "I haven't even been asking," Riske said. "I'm trying not to get giddy, and I'm not going to push anything. I'm going to let [the training staff] determine how we go. Whatever they say, I'm doing." Riske may throw a second simulated game before he appears in Cactus League action.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.