Crew pitchers Coffey, Davis ready for rehab

Crew pitchers Coffey, Davis ready for rehab

ANAHEIM -- Brewers reliever Todd Coffey and starter Doug Davis both threw off the mound at Angel Stadium on Tuesday in their final steps before rehabilitation assignments to Triple-A Nashville.

Coffey will be up first. He has not pitched since May 29 because of a bruised right thumb but threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. He will appear for Nashville on Thursday night in a doubleheader against Memphis and hopes to be activated by the Brewers on Friday night in Colorado.

Whether Coffey gets that wish remains to be seen. The Brewers are carrying 13 pitchers and are off Thursday, so in all likelihood they will head into the Rockies series with a reasonably well-rested bullpen.

"Let's wait and see how that works out," manager Ken Macha said.

Davis, on the disabled list since May 16, when he developed inflammation of the lining around his heart, threw about 45 pitches in a three-inning simulated game at Angel Stadium and is scheduled to start for Nashville on Saturday against Oklahoma City and again the following Thursday, June 24, at Memphis. If those outings go well, he should return to the Brewers on June 29.

"I feel great," Davis said. "I was a little rusty throwing strikes in the third inning, just because I probably wasn't waiting as long as I would wait between innings. Maybe I got a little tired from throwing too hard. But my arm felt good, my stuff was sharp."

Utility man Joe Inglett served as the batter for Davis. He hits left-handed.

"The swings he was getting off me made me feel pretty good, especially when he turned around right-handed," Davis joked.

Davis is scheduled to throw his usual between-starts side session on Thursday. That's an off-day for the Brewers, so the team sent him Tuesday night to Phoenix, where Davis has an offseason home and the Brewers have their year-round training facility.