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Not ready for game action, Blazek activated

Right-hander was on 15-day DL with right forearm strain
Special to MLB.com

PITTSBURGH -- The Brewers activated right-hander Michael Blazek from the 15-day disabled list after he missed a little over two weeks with a right forearm strain.

While activated, Blazek is not ready to return to game action yet.

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PITTSBURGH -- The Brewers activated right-hander Michael Blazek from the 15-day disabled list after he missed a little over two weeks with a right forearm strain.

While activated, Blazek is not ready to return to game action yet.

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"We activated Michael just for an option," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Just in case of an emergency basically. It's not going to change his pitching timetable. It doesn't hurt to activate him and have a scenario where we could use him."

Over 40 appearances this season, Blazek has a 5.58 ERA over 40 1/3 innings with a 1.88 WHIP. Injuries have led to some of his struggles, as the right-hander is coming off a 2015 season that saw him register a 2.43 ERA over 55 2/3 innings.

"It's pretty much to do what ever they need me to do," Blazek stated. "I can pinch-run, help out anyway I can. Rehab is coming along good. I threw offspeed yesterday for the first time, I threw again today. If everything goes good, maybe a bullpen in a couple of days.

"It's coming along well, it's progressing good. It's not really bothering me too much anymore. It's progressing each day. It's starting to feel like it did at the beginning of the season before I got hurt the first time. That's encouraging, there's no lingering issues from the first injury. I'm closer to being able to pitch in a game."

George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com based in Pittsburgh.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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