MILWAUKEE -- Mat Gamel is not the only injured Brewer making significant progress this week. Left-hander Chris Narveson, sidelined since April with a season-ending shoulder injury, has begun a throwing program and is hoping to resume mound work before the Brewers break for the winter.
Narveson played catch on Sunday for the fourth time since his May 1 surgery for a torn rotator cuff.
"We're just playing catch right now, just like we're getting ready for a season," Narveson said. "Hopefully, by the end of the season we're just starting to get off a mound."
Narveson is an interesting case for the Brewers. They have Yovani Gallardo locked into next year's rotation, and Mike Fiers has made an extremely strong case. That would leave three starting slots for a slew of candidates led by Marco Estrada, and including prospects Mark Rogers, Wily Peralta and Tyler Thornburg, plus Narveson.
Those are just the internal candidates. Manager Ron Roenicke has made a case for attempting to add one proven veteran pitcher via trade or free agency during the offseason.
Feeling "great," Narveson is simply focused on getting healthy.
"Right now, there is progress," he said. "Playing catch is a big step. It feels normal again, like we're getting ready for the spring, only it's the end of the season."