MILWAUKKE -- Reliever Takashi Saito appears one step closer to a rehabilitation assignment as Tuesday's bullpen session drew rave reviews.
"Saito had an outstanding bullpen. [Pitching coach] Rick Kranitz said that's the best he's seen him throw the ball, so we're excited about that," manager Ron Roenicke said. "The oblique felt real good today, so, right now, we're planning on him either going out Thursday and Sunday and pitching, or Friday and Monday."
Saito underwent an MRI on Monday after he exited his start in Triple-A Nashville last Friday when he felt tightness in his oblique. The right-hander is on the 60-day disabled list and has dealt with injuries for most of the season.
Roenicke said he's unsure whether Saito will pitch with Class A Wisconsin or head back to Nashville. The Brewers are checking both schedules to see what makes the most sense for Saito.
"I guess it came back pretty good, enough that he got after it in his bullpen," Roenicke said of the specifics of the MRI. "That's really encouraging."