Brewers don't expect DL stint for Saito

Brewers don't expect DL stint for Saito

MILWAUKEE -- Veteran reliever Takashi Saito remained unavailable to pitch on Thursday because of a sore left hamstring, but it does not appear that the right-hander will need to spend time on the disabled list.

"I would be very surprised if that happened," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We're just hoping it's a couple of days."

Saito had a similar issue in Spring Training, which delayed his unofficial Brewers debut, as well as during last season with Atlanta, when hamstring soreness preceded a shoulder injury that kept him off the Braves' postseason roster.

Saito was hurt facing his final batter of a forgettable home opener in which he surrendered two home runs and took the loss. He plans to be very careful this time.

"I'm not too sure [how long I will be sidelined]," Saito said through his translator. "I'm only playing catch. I haven't thrown off the mound yet."

Saito's thoughts on Thursday morning were once again back in Japan, where another large earthquake struck near his hometown, Sendai. He was still trying to gather information on the well being of his family members, including his parents, as the Brewers prepared to play their series finale with the Braves.