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Hawkins with Crew, activation from DL on hold

Hawkins with Crew, activation from DL on hold

Hawkins with Crew, activation from DL on hold
PHILADELPHIA -- Fresh off a Minor League rehabilitation assignment, reliever LaTroy Hawkins rejoined the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, but he will not be activated from the disabled list until Wednesday at the earliest.

Manager Ron Roenicke reiterated that stance Monday night, even after a 12-inning win over the Phillies meant Brewers pitchers had covered 30 innings in the span of two days. Hawkins pitched five times for the Brewers' Class A and Triple-A affiliates to test his surgically-repaired right shoulder, and since his assignment ended with back-to-back appearances for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and Sunday, the Brewers want Hawkins to rest at least two days before reinstating him to the active roster.

Still, the Brewers will likely make at least one bullpen move on Tuesday, because right-hander Sergio Mitre is expected to be unavailable with a bruised right triceps. He was struck just above the elbow by a line drive in Monday's win.

If the Brewers can avoid a similar marathon on Tuesday, they may wait through Thursday's off-day to activate Hawkins. In that event, he would be active for Friday's series opener against the Astros.

"I feel like I felt in '09. No pain, no restriction, no tightness," said Hawkins, who reported feeling "outstanding."

After missing most of 2010 with shoulder trouble, Hawkins is hoping to make up for lost time in the second season of his two-year, $7.5 million contract.

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