Atlanta Braves defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 9-2

Injured reliever LaTroy Hawkins will not be allowed to embark on a throwing program until Monday, making it a long shot that he would be activated when eligible on May 22.

Hawkins was diagnosed with weakness in his right shoulder, and team physician William Raasch wants him to do a week of strengthening exercises before beginning to throw again. Hawkins' shoulder strength will be tested again Monday before a throwing program is devised.

The 37-year-old veteran began ...

Memorial Day is more than two weeks away, and the Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen already is fried.

Little wonder that manager Ken Macha looked forward to the day off Thursday.

"Hopefully, with the day off, everybody can rest up and get some order back in the bullpen and get some outs," said Macha.

Judging by how the Atlanta Braves cut through the Brewers' relief corps -- think hot knife and soft butter - it might take more than one day off. After getting swept by the ...