ATLANTA -- Jim Henderson (right shoulder inflammation) threw 30 pitches in a pain-free bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon at Turner Field, and he will leave the Brewers on Thursday to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Huntsville on Friday.
Henderson felt stronger throughout his throwing session on Tuesday than he did after throwing 25 pitches off the bullpen mound in Chicago last weekend.
"Knowing that possibly my next time on the mound would be in a rehab appearance, I wanted to step up the intensity today to test it out a bit," Henderson said.
Milwaukee decided to send Henderson to Huntsville since lefty Tom Gorzelanny (offseason shoulder surgery) will soon move from Class A Brevard County to Triple-A Nashville as he continues his own rehabilitation process.
The Brewers have made a tentative plan for Henderson to pitch three outings in Huntsville before re-evaluating his condition. Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said Henderson would pitch three consecutive days to see how his shoulder responds.
Although Milwaukee wants Henderson to be pain-free and healthy, the goal is for the right-hander's slider to return to form. The breaking ball bothered the right-hander's shoulder initially, but he said it was good and painless in both bullpen sessions.
"He's got to have his stuff back," Roenicke said. "When he comes back here, we want him ready to come in situations where we need a big inning."
Henderson, who has been on the disabled list since May 2, added: "The most important thing is pain-free first, which seems like that is headed in the right direction, and then just how the ball's coming out performance-wise."
Davis loses glove on near robbery of homer
ATLANTA -- Brewers left fielder Khris Davis dumped two pieces of equipment over the left-field wall on Monday night at Turner Field. One was a 3-1 fastball from Braves lefty Mike Minor that Davis clubbed for a two-run homer in the top of the fifth.
The other was his glove -- as he nearly robbed Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman of a solo home run in the bottom of the third. Davis appeared to make the catch, before the impact of colliding with the wall caused him to drop both ball and leather.
"The way it felt, the ball just felt heavy," Davis said. "The glove was like somewhat halfway off my hand, so I think it just weighed down on my glove, but if I would've just kind of like pushed the ball back, I feel like I would have held onto it instead of kind of receiving it."
Davis' near flash of the leather was not the first time he's attempted theft on the field. He has turned several would-be souvenirs into outs both during his childhood and his days in the Minors.
"Those are fun plays to make," Davis said. "Timing is the most important thing. You have the fence there to make you look like you've got jumps, but timing is more important than someone's athletic ability to get up."
Davis said hitting a home run softened the blow of losing Freeman's shot, but that he wished he could have made both plays. Given the choice between the two, Davis said, "I'd rather hit a home run, but taking one away is pretty -- it's different."
The 26-year-old has both the timing and the athleticism down pat, but he may require one more thing the next time he tries to take a home run away."
"I wish I could've held onto my glove," Davis said. "Maybe I'll have a strap on me next time."
Ramirez pleased with recovery progress
ATLANTA -- Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez tested his strained left hamstring again on Tuesday, playing catch and running in the outfield at Turner Field.
"Everything is going according to plan," Ramirez said. "I'm getting better every day. No timetable, just getting better."
"Aramis is good," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke added. "He ran again today. It was good. [The injury] is still there, so I don't know whether he was 50-60 percent. It's still there, but I think it's encouraging."
Ramirez reiterated his commitment to a cautious approach to his recovery. The veteran, who made his Major League debut in 1998, has never had a hamstring issue until this season and, thus, is relying heavily on the guidance of the training staff.
"I have to make sure, that's why I don't want to rush it," Ramirez said. "I'll just do what I'm supposed to do. Don't try to get too far ahead of myself and just try to get healthy."
Mark Reynolds and Jeff Bianchi have manned the hot corner for Ramirez, who was placed on the disabled list on May 13, retroactive to May 11. The duo entered Tuesday batting .103 (4-for-39) with four walks and 18 strikeouts since the retroactive date.
With Bianchi and Reynolds rotating at third, Jonathan Lucroy and Lyle Overbay have both seen time at first base.
"All through our lineup, we need to do a little better," Roenicke said. "Getting everybody back healthy is going to help with that. Just trying to figure out where guys are comfortable and see some production."
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.