PHOENIX -- The Brewers are taking a cautious approach with left-hander Jed Bradley, whose first professional Spring Training has been slowed by a tight left groin.Bradley, one of Milwaukee's two first-round picks in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, has yet to face hitters and is "a couple of weeks away" from being ready to pitch in a game, manager Ron Roenicke said. The Brewers are hopeful that Bradley will appear in Cactus League action before he's optioned to a Minor League affiliate. "We want to make sure he doesn't do anything to flare it up," Roenicke said. "The worst thing is if you invite a young guy into Major League camp and he's trying to impress somebody when he physically shouldn't be doing that." Bradley also dealt with a groin issue last October, when he tweaked his groin in the team's instructional league and was held out at the start of the Arizona Fall League. He wound up pitching in five AFL games, including two starts.
Players have input in camp schedule
PHOENIX -- Who's running Brewers camp?"The inmates, obviously," manager Ron Roenicke quipped. He was kidding, but it's a fact that, for the second straight spring, Roenicke is seeking input from players on the team's workouts. The topic came up on Saturday with principal owner Mark Attanasio, who said the schedule was adjusted after Zack Greinke suggested it may be too early to work on bunt defenses. By the way, they have since worked twice on bunt defense. It's a two-way street, Roenicke said. "I want their input to see what they really think," Roenicke said. "Zack, you guys know, when you ask him things, he tells you. So Zack says there is a lot of eyewash going on. I don't want there to be a lot of eyewash. And if players feel a certain way about things that we think are important, they think is eyewash, I want to explain why we're doing it." Roenicke said he'd again seek input from some of the team's veteran hitters on their Cactus League schedules. Left fielder Ryan Braun, for example, is known for needing only a limited number of live at-bats to feel ready for the regular season. Other hitters need more. Roenicke had similar discussions last spring before his first season at the helm and built a plan for each player based on their ideas.
The Brewers' intrasquad game scheduled for Saturday will last only 2 1/2 or three innings. The team opens its Cactus League schedule the next day at Maryvale Baseball Park against a Giants split squad. Left-hander Chris Narveson signed a 2012 contract on Tuesday, leaving closer John Axford as the only member of the 40-man roster remaining unsigned.