Saito's Brewers debut pushed back

Saito's Brewers debut pushed back

GLENDALE, ARIZ. -- Add Takashi Saito to the list of Brewers being very cautious with minor medical matters. Saito was supposed to make his unofficial Brewers debut on Wednesday against the Cubs, but he requested the outing be pushed to Saturday against the Angels.

"Right now, I'm kind of tight in my hamstring and my hip," Saito said through translator Kosuke Inaji. "I don't think it's that big of a deal, but last year when I hurt my shoulder, I feel that the reason was I hurt my hamstring and tried to throw harder with my shoulder.

"It's still early in Spring Training, so I want to be careful right now."

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On Wednesday, the 41-year-old Saito will throw a bullpen session instead.

The schedule shift means Saito is on pace for nine innings of Cactus League work this spring instead of 10. He said as long as he gets into eight games, he'll be ready for Opening Day.

Saito will be in the bullpen with right-hander LaTroy Hawkins, who is scheduled for his first mound work since undergoing right shoulder surgery last season. Hawkins will have to throw a series of bullpen sessions, then live batting practice before appearing in a Spring Training game.

If he continues to progress on schedule, Hawkins could pitch in a game by the middle of the month. He's aiming to be ready for the Brewers' March 31 season opener.