Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 5/25/13
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers closer Jim Henderson's hamstring injury will be evaluated Saturday afternoon by team physician Dr. William Raasch, but early signs indicate a trip to the disabled list could be likely. "It's going to be awhile," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. " ... Anytime you pull a hamstring, it's not a day-to-day thing. He's limping pretty good today, more than he was last night. We'll see what Raasch says." Henderson was injured Friday night while trying to record the save in Milwaukee's 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh. With the speedy Andrew McCutchen on first base as the tying run, Henderson's right hamstring pulled on a 2-1 pitch to Pirates catcher Russell Martin, causing him to leave the game. Martin hit the pitch back up the middle, as Henderson deflected the ball to shortstop Jean Segura, and the Brewers got an out at second base. Francisco Rodriguez came in to get the final out for his first save of the season. "It's a rare injury for how he did it, pushing off the rubber to throw a pitch," Roenicke said. "You would think it would be more on the landing leg. He's trying to be quick because you had McCutchen wanting to steal at first base and he quickened it up. I don't know if that was why." Though Henderson described the feeling in his hamstring as "pretty sore" before Saturday afternoon's game, he is still hopeful a few days of rest will be all he needs to get back out on the mound. "I'm not worried about an extended absence," Henderson said. "I don't know if it's going to be a 15-day, I don't know if it's going to be a few days. It's muscle. To me muscle things just need a little bit of time to heal and rest. It just depends on how long it's going to be." For the time being, Milwaukee has a hole at closer. Henderson was a perfect nine-for-nine in save opportunities this season and sports a 0.92 ERA. Roenicke isn't going to name one guy as the closer right now, but has a few guys in mind he'd like to use based on the match-ups. For right now, former closer John Axford doesn't appear to be one of those options. "I think we like what we are doing with Ax now," Roenicke said. "We'll probably continue to do it that way." Other than Axford, Rodriguez and left-hander Michael Gonzalez both have closing experience. Rodriguez's save Friday was the 295th of his career, while Gonzalez has 56 career saves. Though he signed late and just joined the Brewers last week, Rodriguez feels strong enough to handle a full workload in the closers' role if Roenicke chooses to use him. "Obviously, I have the experience," Rodriguez said. "It's not my first time that I've been out there. Right now, I have no idea what's going to happen. I just have to be ready to pitch the way we've been pitching the last eight or nine games." Up in the air: Milwaukee's starter for Tuesday's game against Minnesota is still yet to be determined. Henderson's injury has left the Brewers talking about different options with their entire pitching staff. Originally slated to pitch against the Twins, right-hander Hiram Burgos was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a right shoulder impingement. "We talked about something a little bit different today," Roenicke said. "Not necessarily because of what happened with Henderson but just kind of rearranging some guys. That may change. "Just trying to rearrange the bullpen now. If it was going to be (Alfredo) Figaro as long guy, now who do we have as long guy? Because we have to bump some guys up now later in the game. (Brandon) Kintzler we talked about maybe trying to go a little longer with him, but now he becomes important, whether it's the eighth or where that is. That changes how we feel that way. If it's a DL, whoever we bring up we need to fill a certain role. That changed with Henderson." Roenicke mentioned Figaro, who has a 3.24 ERA in 25 innings this season, as a potential candidate to make the start, and he remains the only viable in-house option. Though he has made all 14 of his appearances this season out of the bullpen, Figaro has four big league starts under his belt and has worked as a starting pitcher the past two seasons in Japan. "I've been a starter all of my life," Figaro said. "This is my first year in the bullpen. All I can say, that was my spot for five years." Narveson will be stretched: Left-hander Chris Narveson will soon head out on a minor league rehab assignment with the intention of returning stretched out as a starting pitcher. Out since the first week of April with a sprained ligament in his left middle finger, Narveson threw a simulated game Friday and plans to throw another session Monday. If all goes well, he'll head out on a rehab assignment. "We've talked about whether to do it in Appleton for the first couple or whether to go straight to Nashville," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I don't think we've come up with an answer to that yet. "We'd like it to be a little bit warmer weather. We'll see. End of May you wouldn't think we'd be worrying about cold weather but we are." With Milwaukee's rotation struggling, Narveson could have an opportunity to slide into the mix when he returns. The plan is for him to throw two innings in his first rehab start, and he will need to make multiple starts before he's ready to return. Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter.
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