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Shaw returns to lineup; Cain resumes workouts

Saladino begins rehab assignment; Brewers sign ninth-round Draft pick
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CINCINNATI -- Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw returned to the lineup on Thursday, going 0-for-4 in the Brewers' 6-4 win over the Reds after sitting out Milwaukee's two-game series against Kansas City due to a flare-up of his sprained right wrist.

"I got after it pretty good in early [batting practice]," Shaw said. "The last five, six, seven swings were as close to 100 percent as I can get. I'm a lot more confident now than I was before this."

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CINCINNATI -- Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw returned to the lineup on Thursday, going 0-for-4 in the Brewers' 6-4 win over the Reds after sitting out Milwaukee's two-game series against Kansas City due to a flare-up of his sprained right wrist.

"I got after it pretty good in early [batting practice]," Shaw said. "The last five, six, seven swings were as close to 100 percent as I can get. I'm a lot more confident now than I was before this."

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The Brewers will closely monitor Shaw's health. The wrist has bothered him for several weeks, explaining why he entered Thursday without a home run since June 5.

"He's going to have to deal with this, and I'm sure he's going to take a swing it's going to bug him on," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said." But at this point, he says he feels great, so that's a good sign."

Cain resumes workouts
Lorenzo Cain did some jogging in the outfield at Great American Ball Park on Thursday for the first time since the Brewers placed him on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left groin, a good sign that his stint on the DL will be of the shorter variety.

Cain is eligible for reinstatement beginning July 4.

"I want it to be short, they want it to be short," he said. "If it feels great today, we'll ramp it up tomorrow. As far as moving around, it feels a lot better."

Said Counsell: "I don't know if I can tell you 10 days for sure, but we are looking at the short end. He took some swings today, and the fact that he's on the field is a good sign."

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Saladino begins rehab
Infielder Tyler Saladino (left ankle) began a Minor League rehab assignment on Thursday with Class A Wisconsin, and if the weekend goes well, he will advance to Triple-A Colorado Springs early next week.

Saladino wasn't expected to report to the Minors until Saturday, but he was feeling so good after running the bases at Miller Park that the Brewers accelerated his timetable.

Last call
The Brewers announced they'd signed ninth-round Draft pick Arbert Cipion, a prep outfielder from New Jersey, leaving only first-round pick Brice Turang unsigned among the first 10 rounds.

The deadline for Draft picks to sign is July 6. Turang has a scholarship offer to LSU, and Tigers coach Paul Mainieri told The Advocate newspaper in Louisiana on Tuesday that "it would be an upset" if Turang turns down the Brewers and goes to college instead.

Slot value for the 21st overall pick was $3,013,600, but the Brewers can go over that amount without paying penalties because they saved pool dollars with other picks in the top 10 rounds.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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