Capuano pleased with latest bullpen session

Capuano pleased with latest bullpen session

SAN FRANCISCO -- Left-hander Chris Capuano threw a 45-pitch bullpen session Tuesday in his latest step back from elbow soreness.

Capuano worked out prior to the Brewers game at AT&T Park and was encouraged with how things went. The 37-year-old is expected to pitch in a simulated game while Milwaukee is in Anaheim for a four-game series with the Angels.

"So far, so good," Capuano said. "I'm really happy about being able to throw all my pitches, including breaking pitches, at full effort in the bullpen with no pain."

Capuano was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 26, one day after giving up two runs in one inning of a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. He threw 25 pitches Saturday in his first appearance on a mound since getting hurt and would have extended his outing Tuesday had the Brewers coaching staff and athletic trainers allowed it.

"He would have kept throwing," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "He was throwing and throwing and trying to get it right. He was certainly thinking about executing pitches and not his elbow, which is a good thing."

The next step for Capuano following his latest bullpen session is to face hitters.

"If that goes well, then you're probably ready for a rehab outing," Capuano said. "Hopefully we'll just keep going up this good trajectory here. When you get hitters in there and they're actually trying to hit it, it notches up the intensity a little bit. [I] just have to pass that last test."

Capuano is 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 24 innings with Milwaukee. He signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Brewers as a free agent in the offseason.

• Outfielder Domingo Santana continues to receive therapy in Milwaukee for his sore right elbow but has yet to resume baseball activities.

• Right-hander Michael Blazek (elbow impingement) retired only one batter and allowed two runs and two hits with a walk in a rehab start with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday. Counsell didn't seem too concerned with the numbers.

"Health is probably what we're looking for as much as anything," Counsell said. "How he feels is what's important."

Michael Wagaman is a contributor to and covered the Brewers on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.