The Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff has struggled with injuries recently, and hope two veteran southpaw's can provide some short and long-term relief.
Henderson out with hamstring injury
Brewers closer Jim Henderson left Friday night's game in the ninth inning with a hamstring injury, and manager Ron Roenicke expects the relief pitcher to miss some playing time.
Roenicke did not say if the team planned to place Henderson on the disabled list, but did say the closer was"limping around" on Saturday and would be examined by a doctor.
Henderson has pitched well for the Brewers this season, recording nine saves with a 0.92 ERA. Francisco Rodriguez replaced Henderson in the ninth inning last night to preserve the victory, and is a candidate to close games while Henderson is out.
Burgos placed on the DL
Milwaukee placed Hiram Burgos on the disabled list Friday with a shoulder impingement and activated Tom Gorzelanny from the DL to fill Burgos' spot.
Burgos had been shelled his past three starts, allowing 15 runs in 11 1/3 innings. The starter said that he attempted to pitch through the injury, but it only grew worse. Roenicke is hopeful that the starter can return after the minimum two weeks fully healed.
Gorzelanny will pitch out of the bullpen, so it is unclear who will replace Burgos in the rotation. Milwaukee is already down one starter, since Kyle Lohse needed to skip a start with elbow soreness.
Narveson to return as a starter
The Brewers are hopeful that the return of Chris Narveson will help their rotation, as the veteran left-hander will begin his minor-league rehab assignment as a starting pitcher.
Narveson will only throw two innings in his first start, so he needs some time to build up his arm strength before returning to the team. The pitcher has only pitched 11 innings the past two seasons, but posted a 4.45 ERA over161 2/3 innings in 2011.