HOUSTON -- All systems are go for Jared Burton to head out for a rehab assignment. The Reds reliever threw 30 pitches over two simulated innings at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. Burton faced Cincinnati hitters Javy Valentin and Adam Rosales, and the strained latissimus muscle in his side that had kept him out the entire second half again was not a factor. "It went awesome," Burton said. "My pitches had the late life that I needed. The command was even better today. That's the thing I was happy about."
Burton will join Triple-A Louisville for a rehabilitation assignment and pitch on Thursday and Saturday. If all goes well, the right-hander will come off the disabled list and rejoin the Reds next Tuesday. Tuesday marked the second time in four days Burton worked under simulated game conditions. Burton, who hasn't pitched for the Reds since July 10, is 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA in 43 games this season. He has 50 strikeouts and 17 walks.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.