Brewers' Henderson decision will be based on progress

Former closer to be optioned to Minors or placed on disabled list

Brewers' Henderson decision will be based on progress

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Brewers officials met Friday with reliever Jim Henderson, but they were not ready make an announcement regarding Henderson's Opening Day assignment. He will either begin the season on the disabled list or be optioned to the Minor Leagues as he continues a comeback from right shoulder surgery.

Henderson reported needing only 14 pitches for two scoreless innings of a Triple-A game on Thursday, capping his efficient outing with a strikeout. His top velocity remained around 90 mph, significantly down from its healthy peak two years ago.

"It feels better, but similar 'velos,'" Henderson said. "It's getting there. It's getting better."

After the meeting, manager Ron Roenicke said, "I guess the biggest thing is the progress. If he feels like he's progressing, then I think we're headed in the right direction."

The Brewers have discussed a couple of different destinations for Henderson. At Triple-A Colorado Springs, he would be part of an extremely experienced bullpen that already includes Chris Perez, Brandon Kintzler and Rob Wooten. Another option has Henderson closing games for Double-A Biloxi in more of a rehab arrangement.

When the move is made with Henderson, it will set Milwaukee's 25-man roster for Opening Day.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.