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LaTroy Hawkins expects to be ready for Opening Day after shoulder surgery

Jan 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Last offseason LaTroy Hawkins signed a two-year, $7.5 million deal with the Brewers and then went 0-3 with an 8.44 ERA in 16 innings while trying to pitch through shoulder pain.

He was eventually shut down and underwent surgery on his labrum and rotator cuff in August. Yesterday the 38-year-old reliever told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he’s “doing well” and expects to be ready for Opening Day:

I’ve been throwing pain-free since the start of the year, every other day. I have no tightness like I’d felt before. The strength is there and it’s getting better every day.

Hawkins has yet to throw off a mound, which he’ll try for the first time once pitchers and catchers report to spring training in a couple weeks. Milwaukee owes him $4 million this season, but also brought in some right-handed relief insurance in the form of 41-year-old Takashi Saito.

  1. BC - Jan 31, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Saito is 41???!? Wow. About 7 years older than I thought.

  2. sknut - Jan 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    I was suprised that Hwak is 38. I remember him being a prospect with the Twins.

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