Oblique will sideline Hoffman for a week
Spring Training Blog
Check our daily spring training blog with updates on everything our team of writers and analysts see and hear at the ballpark, plus news tidbits from around the baseball world. Blog
Brewers manager Ken Macha said Sunday it's "looking dim" that Hoffman will be ready for the season opener because of a strained right oblique. He felt the injury a day after pitching a scoreless sixth inning in a 5-1 victory over Kansas City on March 13.
Macha said the Milwaukee training staff expects Hoffman to be out another week. After that, he'd need to pitch two bullpen sessions before facing live hitters.
Milwaukee opens the regular season April 7 in San Francisco. Hoffman, the major league career saves leader with 554, signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Brewers in the offseason.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
MORE MLB HEADLINES
- Cardinals bolster pitching, acquire Masterson
- Lester scratched from start but no trade yet
- Red Sox deal Doubront to Cubs, sources say
- Price struggles for Rays amid trade rumors