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Peralta frustrated by slow recovery process

Brewers righty sidelined since May 22 with oblique strain

MILWAUKEE -- With another week gone by without being able to get up on the mound, Brewers starter Wily Peralta expressed growing frustration about his slow comeback from a strained left oblique.

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Peralta said he hopes to throw off a mound for the first time during the team's weeklong road trip to Philadelphia and Cincinnati, but no date has been set. He expected to be deeper into his rehabilitation by now, but has plateaued in his rehab of an injury suffered during a May 22 start in Atlanta.

"Sitting here watching," Peralta said, "this isn't me."

When he went on the DL, Peralta said he expected to miss 4-6 weeks. But oblique injuries are notoriously difficult to predict, and Brewers officials and Peralta himself have said all along that his progress would be dictated not by an abstract timetable, but by how he felt.

"It's going slow, yeah," Peralta said. "This type of injury is not easy. Some days you feel good, some days you feel sore, stiff, whatever. It's hard to get 100 percent. There has not really [been a setback]. It's just going slow."

Peralta long-tossed on flat ground both Friday and Saturday, and played catch "nice and easy" Sunday, feeling well. He will play catch again Monday in Philadelphia before having a conversation with Brewers athletic trainers about what's next.

Throwing off a mound would be only the first of several hurdles ahead for Peralta, who would have to build up his pitch count during a Minor League rehabilitation assignment. That process would take weeks.

Peralta is one of two Brewers players on the disabled list. The other, left fielder Khris Davis, is coming back from right knee surgery and ran the bases this weekend at Miller Park. That is usually the final test before a Minor League rehabilitation assignment, but manager Craig Counsell said Sunday morning that he had no information about Davis' upcoming schedule.

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