CHICAGO -- The report of Takashi Saito's one-inning stint at Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday was so positive that the Brewers may accelerate his return to the Majors. The original idea was to have Saito make three or four appearances at Nashville to ensure he is past the left rib cage strain that has him on the 15-day disabled list and the tightness behind his right shoulder that developed last week. He appeared healthy on Wednesday, when Saito struck out a batter in a scoreless eighth inning for Nashville. He threw 12 of his 17 pitches for strikes.
Saito is scheduled to pitch again for the Sounds on Saturday. The Brewers will evaluate after that outing whether he needs more. "Our report [Wednesday] night from the staff and a scout there was exceptional," assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "So, we'll see. We could use him." The scout on hand was Joe Ferrone, the Brewers' national crosschecker.