MILWAUKEE -- Brewers reliever LaTroy Hawkins had another MRI scan of his balky right shoulder on Friday and was still deciding whether to undergo exploratory surgery to look for the source of stiffness in the joint.

That decision could have been made as early as Friday night, after Hawkins conferred with Brewers physician Dr. William Raasch to go over the latest test results. Hawkins also underwent a contrast MRI on Monday in Los Angeles with noted orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum that revealed only normal wear and tear.

If Friday's scan was similarly inconclusive, then surgery could be necessary. Hawkins was not available after the Brewers' 10-6 win over the Padres to discuss the outcome.

"We just want to be sure before we make a decision," Hawkins said before the game.

Hawkins is in his second stint on the disabled list with what the Brewers have described as "weakness" in his shoulder. In the first season of a two-year, $7.5 million contract, Hawkins has an 8.44 ERA in 18 appearances.

Gomez expected back Saturday for Crew

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez is expected back at Miller Park on Saturday, manager Ken Macha said, but the skipper offered no clues about what the club planned to do with Gomez once he returns. Gomez has been on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion since he was struck in the head by a pitch on Aug. 3 at Wrigley Field.

Gomez's absence created an opening for rookie Lorenzo Cain, who made his 10th start on Friday night against the Padres and entered the night with a .389 batting average and a .439 on-base percentage.

"We discussed several options" for Gomez, Macha said.

Among the options is leaving Gomez in Nashville until rosters expand on Sept. 1, but Macha indicated that option was not prominent in his Friday conversation with general manager Doug Melvin.

Among the other possibilities:

• Trade somebody. Veteran infielder Craig Counsell reportedly cleared waivers earlier this week and said he was open to finishing the season with a contender. But Counsell also said earlier this week that Melvin had yet to present any concrete offers, and on Friday declined to say whether that had changed. Counsell's departure would leave the Brewers thin on the infield, with Joe Inglett as the only backup option.

• Option somebody to Triple-A. Cain has done nothing to deserve a demotion, so the Brewers' options are limited. They have been working with one extra pitcher for most of this season, and reliever Mike McClendon could be sent down, then recalled when rosters expand.

• Release somebody. The Brewers have been working with a 13-man pitching staff for most of the season and could open a spot by parting ways with one of their lesser-used relievers. David Riske, for example, is in the final weeks of his three-year contract and has pitched only four times this month but would be an expensive drop considering he's owed more than $1 million for the remainder of the season.

"Let's just see what happens here over the next couple of days," Macha said. "There's all kinds of ways to solve it."

Brewers monitoring Narveson's innings

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers officials spent part of Friday discussing September call-ups, and are considering promoting a pitching prospect or two to help limit left-hander Chris Narveson's innings.

Options to take some of Narveson's workload who are already on the 40-man roster include right-handers Josh Butler, Mark Rogers, Amaury Rivas and Cody Scarpetta.

Narveson has logged 120 1/3 innings entering his Saturday start against the Padres and is poised to surpass the 122 1/3 innings he pitched in 2009 between the Brewers and Triple-A Nashville. He pitched 136 innings for Nashville in 2008. His career high for innings is 148 1/3, in 2004.

The Brewers don't like to let pitchers exceed a 20 percent jump in innings from the previous season. If they stuck to that policy in Narveson's case, his threshold would be in the neighborhood of 145-150 innings. But his relative experience -- he's pitched 11 professional seasons -- could allow the team to push him higher.

Worth noting

Left-hander Doug Davis expects to play catch on flat ground Saturday for the first time since he was placed on the disabled list July 16 with left elbow tendonitis. He conceded that it could be difficult to build up enough arm strength to make a start this season, but would like to at least appear in relief. Davis' 2010 season has been spent mostly on the DL, first with swelling around his heart and then the elbow issue. The team will likely decline its half of Davis' $6.5 million option for 2011 and pay a $1 million buyout instead. ... Davis' wife, Chantelle, served as the honorary spokesperson for the 21st annual Brewers Wives Major League Event fundraiser on Friday in Miller Park's Gehl Club. The event featured a silent auction, and proceeds supported the Sojourner Family Peace Center. ... The Brewers' third and final block party of 2010 is scheduled for Saturday at Ellsworth Park, 600 E. Ellsworth Lane in Bayside. Check for updates on the block party in the event of inclement weather.