Estrada throws simulated game, nearing return

Estrada throws simulated game, nearing return

KANSAS CITY -- After weeks of bad news on the injury front, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke offered a triple dose of good news on Tuesday.

Pitcher Marco Estrada, on the disabled list with a right groin strain, threw a 30-pitch simulated game at Kauffman Stadium and is on track to begin a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Sunday, Roenicke said.

Shortstop Cesar Izturis (left hamstring) and first baseman Travis Ishikawa (left rib-cage) are not far behind. The Brewers are still formulating a plan for both players.

"It's nice when you know those guys are getting close to joining us again," Roenicke said. "We're still a ways off, though."

The tentative plan, Roenicke said, is for Estrada to throw about 60 pitches on Saturday and make one more Minor League start before the Brewers consider him for reinstatement from the DL.

June 26 looks like a possible date for Estrada's return to the Brewers' rotation.