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05/29/08 12:00 AM ET

Riske progressing slowly from injury

Reliever eligible to return from DL on Friday, but won't be ready

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers reliever David Riske has taken longer than expected to recover from elbow and shoulder injuries, but another round of tests on Wednesday revealed no new damage to either joint.

Riske, a right-hander, was placed on the disabled list on May 15 with a hyperextended elbow and a strained shoulder but was originally expected to be healthy well before he was eligible to return. But he still felt soreness in his elbow when he played catch in Pittsburgh last week, so Riske visited with with Dr. William Raasch, the Brewers' head physician, on Wednesday.

"[Raasch] conducted a number of diagnostic tests, MRIs, which just confirmed what he originally diagnosed," assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "It's just continuing to heal and it's a matter of time."

Riske will continue to rehab, according to Ash, and is not "shut down." Riske is eligible to return from the DL on Friday, but will not be ready.

"We just have to continue to move forward," Ash said. "No shutdowns."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.