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Hawkins' return still 'long way off'

Hawkins' return still 'long way off'

ST. LOUIS -- Despite Milwaukee reliever LaTroy Hawkins' successful bullpen stints in the past week, manager Ken Macha says the right-handed reliever is "a long way off" from rejoining the active roster.

Macha said the bullpen sessions were just the beginning for Hawkins rehab.

"He is a long way off," Macha said. "He is going to have to do Spring Training [style rehab] to build up his strength."

Along with Hawkins, the return date for injured outfielder Jody Gerut remains uncertain. Gerut has taken batting practice recently, but he is still wearing a boot on his foot during games, Macha said.

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