After a weekend set-back with his right shoulder, Takashi Saito was not only back in the bullpen Wednesday but trying to plead his case to get into Wednesday’s game.
Saito, 40, has been out of action since leaving a Sept. 17 game in New York with what was diagnosed as shoulder tendinitis. He felt good after throwing 27 pitches in the bullpen Wednesday.
He didn’t get into Wednesday’s game, but he might before the weekend series is out.
“We can use him,” Manager Bobby Cox said. “We’ll have to be careful because we’re not sure. But I think we can get him in there to see.”
If there’s anything that concerns Saito, he said it’s his command after such a long lay-off.
“I’m worried about – because I missed 12 days – just getting right back into the game,” he said through his interpreter.