PHOENIX -- LaTroy Hawkins is hurting, after all.
The Brewers said Saturday night that they will place the veteran reliever on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning with weakness in his right shoulder and will recall left-hander Mitch Stetter from Triple-A Nashville. Hawkins, who surrendered a walk-off grand slam to the Dodgers' Andre Ethier in his last outing on Thursday, had previously declined the notion that he was hurt.
But Hawkins missed time in Spring Training with a sore shoulder, and since a brilliant start to the regular season, his location and his velocity have dropped off. On Saturday night after the Brewers announced the roster move, Hawkins owned up.
"It would get better, get back worse, get better, get worse," he said. "I'll [rest] and try to build up some arm strength. I'll know more Monday what the program is going to be."
The Brewers return from their road trip on Monday to begin a series against the Braves.
Hawkins has surrendered 12 earned runs this season in 11 2/3 innings for a 9.26 ERA. In 63 1/3 innings for the Astros last season, he allowed only 15 earned runs.
"I felt like I was throwing the way I normally did, but something wasn't right," Hawkins said.
Stetter's return will give Brewers manager Ken Macha a lefty specialist again. Stetter was a member of the Opening Day roster and retired the only two hitters he faced before being optioned to Nashville in April to make room for Jeff Suppan's return from the DL. At Triple-A, Stetter had a 2.61 ERA in eight games.