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Saito, Hart nearing return to Brewers

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Bit by bit, the Brewers are getting their real team back.

Reliever Takashi Saito and right fielder Corey Hart are getting closer to coming off the disabled list, with both perhaps targeted for activation Wednesday.

Saito threw his second simulated session Monday as he makes his way back from a hamstring strain.

Hart played nine innings, going 0-for-3, as his rehab assignment continued with Class AAA Nashville. He has been out all season due to a strained muscle in his left side.

Referring to Saito, manager Ron Roenicke said, "We'll see if it's going to be Wednesday or when it's going to be."

The original plan was for Saito and LaTroy Hawkins, two veteran right-handers, to serve as the primary setup men for closer John Axford. However, Hawkins also began the season on the DL while recovering from shoulder surgery. He was activated over the weekend.

Roenicke has had to mix and match at the back end of his bullpen, often using right-hander Kameron Loe ahead of Axford. But if Hawkins and Saito return and are effective, the relief corps will be that much deeper.

With rain in the forecast for Tuesday in Nashville, the Brewers were considering bringing Hart back to Milwaukee rather than having him sit around and not be able to play. He has not swung the bat well with Nashville, going 2-for-15.

"If the weather looks like it's going to be OK, he may get two at-bats (Tuesday) and then we'll bring him back," Roenicke said before the Brewers' 9-5 loss to the Reds in Milwaukee.

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