Guerra set for first rehab start Monday

Brewers right-hander has been out since Opening Day with calf strain

Guerra set for first rehab start Monday

MILWAUKEE -- "It's been the slowest five weeks of my life," Brewers right-hander Junior Guerra said on Wednesday, but the end of his stint on the disabled list is finally in sight.

Sidelined since suffering a right calf strain in the third inning of Milwaukee's Opening Day loss to the Rockies, Guerra threw a 60-pitch simulated game at Miller Park on Wednesday afternoon and reported no setbacks. His next step is a Minor League rehab assignment, scheduled to begin on Monday night at Double-A Biloxi.

It would be the first of at least two scheduled Minor League games, according to Brewers manager Craig Counsell.

"I'm just a little anxious to get back," Guerra said through translator Carlos Brizuela. "I'm ready. I think the first outing is going to be about 75 pitches. ... I'm just ready to get going, just ready to have the opportunity to get back in the rotation."

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Nick Franklin and Manny Pina batted on Wednesday against Guerra, who simulated a variety of game situations. The right-hander emerged from the session with no discomfort in his leg.

"Now I've got to calm the horses down a little bit and go out there and do my job and get ready to help the team win," Guerra said.

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