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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-04-09

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-04-09
Closer Trevor Hoffman still doesn't have a timetable for when he'll take the mound for the Brewers, but he's making progress.

The all-time saves leader said Wednesday he will stretch his throwing program off flat ground from 60 feet to 120 feet to see how his strained right oblique responds. If he is able to do that for a couple of days without discomfort, Hoffman said he thinks he'll be ready to start throwing off a mound.

"It's the effort level that will test it," Hoffman said, "in combination with a little bit of distance is probably going to give me an indication of tolerance level. It's been going great so far."

Hoffman, 41, who signed a $6 million free agent deal over the winter to be the Brewers' closer, said he still feels something in his right side but has been told that's the injury healing.

"It's a different feeling," he said. "From what I've gathered from talking to other guys who have had it, when you initially do it, you feel that soreness, you feel the injury, you feel the stitch. It's different now.

"You're feeling something in that area, but it's not the injury. You feel soreness, but it's healing."

BREWERS 4, GIANTS 2: It wasn't tough to pick the star of Wednesday's game. Not only did RHP Yovani Gallardo pitch 6 2/3 solid innings for the Brewers, he socked a three-run homer off future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson that proved to be the difference in the scoring. The Brewers also got two key performances from their bullpen. RHP Todd Coffey entered the game with the bases loaded, a run in and two outs in the seventh inning and induced Bengie Molina to bounce into a force at second. RHP Carlos Villanueva, filling in for injured closer Trevor Hoffman, then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, with two strikeouts, to record the save.

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Added: April 9, 2009

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