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Trevor Hoffman to resume slow, painful pursuit of 600th save

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Brewers manager Ken Macha is apparently ready to restore Trevor Hoffman's(notes) ninth inning privileges, which will allow the Hoff to continue his agonizing historic march toward career save No. 600. What a thrilling time this must be for Milwaukee fans!

On Wednesday, Hoffman pitched a scoreless seventh inning in the Brewers' 5-0 loss to the Astros. He allowed a single to Hunter Pence(notes) and a walk to the Big Puma, but managed to escape with his dignity. He did not record a strikeout.

These were Macha's postgame comments, via the Journal Sentinel:

Manager Ken Macha said Tuesday he might give Hoffman one more outing before moving him back to ninth-inning duty. But after the game tonight, Macha was non-committal about that situation.

"That is two good outings in a row," said Macha. "I’ll talk to him tomorrow and see how he feels about himself."

It seems pretty unlikely that Hoffman will say to his manager, "I'm cooked. I'm 42. Maybe you should give Danny Kolb a call." Hoffman is clearly back in the saves mix.

Don't launch Carlos Villanueva(notes) just yet, though, if you have room on the roster. Let's give the Hoff a chance to re-lose the closing gig. He's allowed runs in eight of his 15 appearances so far this year, and Wednesday's effort was hardly a vintage performance. Nothing is settled yet in the Milwaukee 'pen.

By the end of the season, Hoffman blog posts will likely outnumber Hoffman saves by a wide margin. The current Vegas line is blog -7.

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