By Evan Brunell
Veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins, sidelined due to recovering from labrum surgery last August, will pitch for Class A Brevard County on Friday, while starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy will head to Double-A Thursday to begin his return from a broken finger.
Lastly, reliever Manny Parra will make an appearance on Saturday for Class A Wisconsin. Parra threw two simulated innings at Miller Park on Wednesday and came through it with flying colors. If the Brewers can get Parra back quickly, it could be a big shot in the arm. While Parra has clearly shown he can't start, he does have promise in the bullpen.
Returning from an injury to his back, Parra (pictured) is encouraged by his process.
"I’m at the point now where I don’t even think about it," he told MLB.com. "I get my treatment and do other stuff to maintain where I’m at right now, but I’m past [the injury]. I felt really good. I just have to get my endurance up. You can run all you want, but it’s not the same as throwing."
Parra is expected to toss one inning Saturday, conduct a bullpen session a few days later and then pitch two or more innings in another game. The Brewers may want to lengthen Parra out for a possible return to the rotation should Marco Estrada and Sergio Mitre flop in their auditions with the team.