MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun took about 50 swings in the batting cage Friday and will take batting practice on the field Saturday to continue his road back from a right hand injury that has kept him out nearly a month.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Braun will take batting practice Saturday, swing in the inside cage Sunday and return for BP on the field again Monday.
"He's going to get after it here the next few days and see where we are," Roenicke said. "He's kind of champing at the bit, so he's feeling that good. We'll see how close he is to being ready."
Braun said things were improving, but he put no timetable on a return.
"We're progressing, heading in the right direction," Braun said. "The soreness isn't going to go away, but it was as good as I could hope for it to feel."
Braun's progress has ramped up this week. The left fielder took swings on back-to-back days Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time since an inflamed nerve between his right thumb and index finger placed him on the disabled list in mid-June.
The Brewers are 9-13 since Braun left their June 9 win over the Phillies with soreness in his thumb. The injury had been bothering Braun for a few weeks prior to his departure that day.
When Braun is ready to return to the field, Roenicke said it will not be on a Minor League rehab assignment.
"We'll get him in a ballgame and then we'll have to see how much I play him, whether he plays and then has a day off or whatever," Roenicke said. "We'll get together with the training staff and determine that."
Brewers ink deals with Draft picks Johnson, Davis
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers signed two more selections from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft in left-handed pitcher Hobbs Johnson (University of North Carolina, 14th round) and outfielder Johnny Davis (West Los Angeles Community College, 22nd round).
Johnson posted a 4-0 record and 2.14 ERA in 14 starts for the Tar Heels in his junior season. The lefty struck out 67 hitters in 71 1/3 innings.
Davis hit .336 with five triples, three home runs, 23 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 29 games.
The Brewers have signed a total of 29 Draft selections and seven undrafted free agents this year.
Peralta may make regular start; Figaro back soon
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wily Peralta threw an "outstanding" bullpen session Friday and may be able to start his turn in the rotation Sunday against the Mets.
Peralta left his Tuesday start in the sixth inning with a strained left hamstring, leaving his availability for Sunday up in the air.
To Roenicke, Peralta's sharp bullpen session was a good sign.
"I know you can't simulate 100 percent like in a game, but he really got after it," Roenicke said. "It was really good, the hamstring."
Despite battling through the hamstring tweak that he first felt in the third inning, Peralta was cruising through the Nationals' lineup before exiting the game Tuesday. He tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, while walking two and striking out five. Roenicke said he would talk with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin on Friday to discuss the team's pitching possibilities for the start of next week.
"We'll discuss whether he's going to go Sunday or whether he skips a full turn, or maybe just knock him off a couple days," said Roenicke.
Roenicke said the Brewers are also on the brink of returning Alfredo Figaro to their rotation, but Marco Estrada will take some more time. Both pitchers have been working back from injuries in Arizona since June 27 -- Figaro a right oblique strain and Estrada a left hamstring strain.
Roenicke said Figaro may be ready for the team's final series before the All-Star break in Arizona from July 11-14.
"Figaro's coming along really well, Estrada slower," said Roenicke.
The issue for Estrada continues to be offspeed pitches from the mound, but Roenicke said the process is just trial and error until his right-hander feels good enough to take the next step.
"He's fine when he goes down to play his long toss, they stretch out to 140-feet or something, and then he comes in and throws the bullpen and still feels [his hamstring] on his offspeed pitches," Roenicke said. "We'll just keep doing it until he doesn't have that feeling again and then we'll talk about a rehab assignment."
• Carlos Gomez was back in the Brewers lineup Friday after leaving Thursday's game in the seventh inning with "tightness." Roenicke did not want to say where Gomez felt the tightness, but did say it stemmed from the same play that knocked the center fielder out with a left shoulder strain for three games in June.
• Roenicke said the Brewers may give Aramis Ramirez a couple days off prior to the All-Star break to give the third baseman more time to heal his lingering left knee injury.
Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.