Suppan encouraged by simulated game

Suppan encouraged by simulated game

MILWAUKEE -- Injured Brewers right-hander Jeff Suppan said his Sunday simulated game was a success, and that he expects to be ready to return from the disabled list when his 15-day stint expires on April 10.

Suppan, sidelined by a neck injury to start the season, threw more than 100 pitches in seven simulated innings at Maryvale Baseball Park on Sunday before traveling to Milwaukee for Monday's season opener.

"No problems," he said. "Overall, it felt good. We still have time to let [the neck] calm down, but I have definitely seen improvement."

The Brewers will face some decisions when Suppan returns. To activate him, they would have to remove someone else from the 25-man roster. There's also the matter of how he would be used; the Brewers are not planning to employ a fifth starter until April 14 or 15 against the Cubs, and Suppan is only one of three candidates.