MILWAUKEE -- For the first time during Manny Parra's recovery from an impingement in his left shoulder, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has an idea of when the left-hander might return. Parra pitched to Travis Ishikawa and Cody Ransom before Wednesday's game in his first live action since July 24. Roenicke, along with bullpen coach Lee Tunnel, pitching coach Rick Kranitz and others, watched Parra's simulated action and came away encouraged by the result. "The ball came out of his hand good," Roenicke said. "So we're going to talk to him and see where he is, and see if he's ready to pitch on this road trip."
The Brewers have an off-day on Thursday before heading on the road to play the Astros and Rockies. Assuming no setbacks, Roenicke said Parra will travel with the team and won't head to the Minor Leagues for any rehab appearances. Parra's last outing before the injury did not go well, as he gave up four earned runs. However, he had made nine straight appearances without surrendering a run before that game. The 29-year-old reliever owns a 4.70 ERA on the year, and he's struck out 51 batters in 44 innings.