MILWAUKEE -- Jim Henderson had already been through a lot in his minor league career. Injuries, eight disabled list trips in 10 years to be exact, had already set him back.But the one that got him occurred when he was so close to overcoming it all and breaking through to the major leagues.
After the Cubs selected him in the 2006 Rule 5 Draft from the Expos organization, Henderson had a good year in Double-A and got his first crack at pitching in Triple-A. Then a shoulder injury ended his season in 2008 and he was released, just like that.
For the first time in his long baseball odyssey, Henderson believed his big-league dream might be over. The Brewers the team he now closes games for -- signed him as a minor league free agent, but his journey started all over again in Single-A.
"I then had to go back through the A-balls and work my way up through the minor leagues again," Henderson said. "Going through it once is fine, going through it twice, that's the difficult part.
"Then I was...