Hoffman opts for bullpen session
Brewers closer sidesteps Thursday's exhibition, gets more work in
PHOENIX -- Instead of making his second Cactus League appearance Thursday afternoon, Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman got his work in early and called it a day.
Hoffman, who was penciled in for an inning of work against the Angels, opted instead for a 32-pitch bullpen session on a back mound at Maryvale Baseball Park."He wanted to work on some things and felt more comfortable doing it back there," Brewers pitching coach Bill Castro said. "That's fine. He feels he gets more out of doing it that way." Unlike many veteran pitchers who use Spring Training to "work on things" and don't necessarily care about the results, Hoffman said after his Cactus League debut Wednesday that he approaches games the same whether it's February or October. If he's pitching, he's pitching to get outs. The Brewers are allowing Hoffman to set his own spring schedule, and by moving his work to the bullpen, he actually increased his workload a bit. Hoffman was scheduled only for about 20 pitches in Thursday's game. "I actually stood in [the batter's box] today when he was finishing up," bullpen coach Stan Kyles said. "He looks good. I can see why he's been pretty much unhittable in the ninth inning. It's pretty impressive." Hoffman inked a one-year deal with the Brewers in January that pays a $6 million base salary. He's with a new team for the first time since 1993, when he was traded from the Marlins to the Padres.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.