Hawkins dealing with right shoulder pain

Hawkins dealing with right shoulder pain

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers reliever LaTroy Hawkins had a cortisone shot in his right shoulder on Tuesday and said he has pain in the joint, not just weakness.

He will be completely shut down until Saturday while the cortisone is allowed to work. Hawkins is targeting Monday to resume throwing.

"I'm looking forward to be able to do some things -- put on my belt -- without it hurting," he said. "Then we'll start throwing a baseball."

The mention of pain was new from Hawkins, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 7 with "right shoulder weakness." That is part of the problem, Hawkins said, and subsequent strength tests have shown improvement.

Tests have not revealed any structural damage in the shoulder, Hawkins said.