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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Brewers Injury Update: Jim Henderson pitches clean inning on rehab

By on 7/17/2014 09:00:00 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers got some positive news out of AA Huntsville Wednesday night, as last year's closer Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless eight inning for the Stars.  In the inning Henderson dominated, striking out two batters and needing just 18 pitches to get through the inning.

 Henderson has been on the disabled list since May 2nd with shoulder inflammation appears to be nearing a return to the big club. 

This is great news for the Brewers bullpen that once looked unhittable, but began to falter towards the all-star break.  During his rehab, Henderson has pitched in six scoreless outings allowing just four hits while striking out nine.

This season with the Brewers, Henderson struggled early on.  Originally, he was slated as the team's closer but a loss in velocity caused him to lose his role this spring.  Through his first 14 outings, Henderson was rocked compiling a 7.15 ERA in just 11.1 innings.

But even with the slow start, Henderson's return could provide great relief for the bullpen.  Last season, Henderson was dominant, saving 28 games while keeping a 2.70 ERA.  While he will not overtake Francisco Rodriguez in the closer role, his mid-90s fastball can help him to be a perfect eighth inning setup man and make the bullpen stronger.   

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