Estrada could throw batting practice over weekend

Estrada could throw batting practice over weekend

Estrada could throw batting practice over weekend

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke hopes to see right-hander Marco Estrada move closer to escaping the disabled list in a live batting practice session at Chase Field this weekend.

Roenicke said Estrada, who has not pitched since straining his left hamstring in a June 4 start, could get a brief taste of the big leagues in a mound session on Saturday with Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz in attendance, and rookie league players doing the hitting. As of Wednesday afternoon, that plan remained tentative.

But if it goes well, the next step could be a Minor League rehabilitation assignment.

"Marco is making some progress," Roenicke said.

The news was less promising for two other right-handers.

Alfredo Figaro, who was originally expected to be ready for the D-backs series, continues to feel discomfort in the right ribcage strain that landed him on the DL. He has also been rehabbing in Arizona, and there is no timetable for his return.

"Figaro has undergone a number of diagnostic tests that have all proved to be negative," assistant general manager Gord Ash said in an email. "He will be pushed along."

Hiram Burgos, who was optioned to Triple-A Nashville after spending three weeks on the Brewers' DL with a right shoulder injury, will be placed on Nashville's DL with the same issue. He exited after 52 pitches on Sunday.

"When you deal with the same issue after you've tried to rehab and bring him back, then it seems to take longer the next time," Roenicke said.

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