CINCINNATI -- Jim Henderson suspected something wasn't quite right with his shoulder in the last couple of weeks, but with nothing too painful happening to him when he pitched, he thought it best to give it time and see if there was improvement.
There wasn't. After being tagged for five runs in an ineffective relief appearance against the Reds on Thursday, the Brewers placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list and identified the problem as shoulder inflammation.
"It's a matter of dealing with it for a bit, maybe getting away with it, maybe not," Henderson said. "Instead of being selfish for me and the team, I'll take some time to strengthen the shoulder. I know when I'm right and strong, I'm a good pitcher and I can go out there and be strong and help the team out. That's what we're going to try to do."
Henderson said he often had trouble loosening the shoulder as he warmed up in the bullpen, especially during times when several days passed between appearances. He had only had one day between appearances when he faced the Reds Thursday, but less than a week prior, he had a stretch where he didn't pitch for five days.
Henderson gave up four hits, walked a batter and was charged with five earned runs while recording only two outs in the Brewers' 8-3 loss to the Reds on Thursday. His diagnosis the next day gave some clarity as to why that outing was so ineffective.
"It's something that he was trying to get through," manager Ron Roenicke said. "One outing would be pretty good ... and the next outing it would feel like he couldn't quite get loose. Last night was another one of those."
Henderson was the projected closer when Spring Training began in February, but the Brewers signed Francisco Rodriguez as a reinforcement. Henderson's velocity was down through most of the spring, and by the time camp broke, Rodriguez had officially won the closer job.
Henderson will rest the shoulder for a couple of days, but a strengthening and rehab program isn't far off. The right-hander is hopeful he won't need to exceed the minimum 15 days of DL time, although he suspects he'll need to go through a Minor League rehab stint before returning.
To replace Henderson on the roster, the Brewers called up outfielder Caleb Gindl from Triple-A Nashville. The 25-year-old hit .284/.352/.421 with two home runs and six RBIs in 25 games for Nashville. He made his Major League debut last season, batting .242/.340/.439 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 57 games for the Brewers. Gindl started in right field and hit seventh in the order on Friday.
"I got off to a slow start, but in the last two weeks, it's really turned around," Gindl said. "I'm seeing the ball really well. Things are definitely picking up for me."
Votto shows respect after Gomez's robbery
CINCINNATI -- Gold Glove center fielder Carlos Gomez is used to making over-the-wall grabs that draw oohs and ahs from the crowd. What he doesn't see often is an opposing player reacting in the same manner -- especially one that just got robbed of a home run.
Gomez's catch of Joey Votto's would-be homer during Thursday's game was impressive enough by itself. But it's understandable that Votto probably found it doubly jaw-dropping considering this wasn't the first time he was robbed by a Gomez catch. Last July in Milwaukee, Gomez did the same thing, taking away what would have been a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning.
That's why Votto gestured toward the outfield when Gomez made the catch -- first holding up two fingers, and then waving with mock exasperation.
Chalk it up to a show of respectful sportsmanship from one star player to another.
"It's fun," Gomez said. "In the moment, you feel like 'Wow, he did it again.' I think [Votto] was saying, 'that's impressive.' We're all professional big leaguers and it's a good show. When somebody makes a good play like that ... it's something that is definitely appreciated and I think people and all the players would like to see players do more stuff like that."
That said, Gomez gets the most satisfaction when he gets a favorable reaction from his starting pitcher.
"Every time I make catches like that, I just look at my pitchers and see how happy they are," he said. "That makes me happy -- every time I can save a run for my pitchers and save a run for my team, that's more of a chance to win games."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke didn't see Votto's gesture when it happened, but caught it later when he was watching highlights from the game. The incident brought back fond memories from his playing days.
"I can remember one day George Foster screamed at me in the outfield because I dove and caught a ball the night before," Roenicke recalled. "George was a little scary looking, anyway. And he's big. It was my rookie year and this guy's yelling at me. Then he got this big old smile on his face. So it's kind of nice."
Garza on track; Braun may hit DL
CINCINNATI -- Matt Garza tested his bruised right thumb during a bullpen session on Friday and, according to his manager, came through with no issues.
The right-hander appears to be on track to start Monday's game against the Diamondbacks.
"He looks good," said manager Ron Roenicke. "The black and blue's almost gone and the swelling's gone. And he threw really well. I don't think that's going to be an issue."
Ryan Braun continues to be evaluated as he works to come back from a sore oblique. With outfielder Logan Shaefer ready to come off the disabled list on Saturday, the safe route may be to DL Braun and give him an extra week or so to rehab. Braun hasn't played since April 26, so his DL stint could be backdated and he'd be eligible to be activated on May 12 (an off-day).
"We'll see what happens with Ryan today and see how he does," Roenicke said before practice. "He'll have to make a lot of progress to feel like we're close to him playing, and if not then we need to do something."
• Nashville right-hander Mike Fiers was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April. He was 5-0 with a 0.80 ERA over five games, allowing three runs over 33 2/3 innings.
• Wisconsin catcher Clint Coulter was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Month for April after hitting .324 with four homers and 17 RBIs.