Estrada nearing return to mound

Estrada nearing return to mound

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada expects to throw off a bullpen mound on Tuesday, a big step in his comeback from a right quadriceps injury.

"I wanted to do it today, but they told me no," said Estrada, who is eligible for reinstatement beginning Friday, but will need more time to rebuild strength. "I get it, but I want to get out there, already ... Hopefully, I just throw a 'pen or two and then head on out."

He expects to make at least one Minor League rehabilitation appearance.

Estrada played long toss with no restrictions for the first time on Saturday and said the leg he injured legging out a double on May 23 feels great. But Brewers manager Ron Roenicke expressed a much more cautious outlook.

"I think at the beginning this is what the number they said -- a month -- but he was coming along quicker, so in my mind I was thinking, 'OK,' and we're looking at the schedule and where we can skip a start," Roenicke said. "We were thinking maybe it would only be two starts, but it's going to be a while."

Twenty-six-year-old call-up Mike Fiers made his second start in Estrada's spot on Sunday.