• by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Brewers' Johnny Hellweg ready for minor-league action

    Brewers pitcher Johnny Hellweg is set to make his season debut with Class A Brevard County next week after completing his recovery from last April's Tommy John surgery, the Journal Sentinel reports. "(His velocity) is where it was beforehand," assistant general manager Gord Ash. "He had an oblique strain in spring training that probably cost him three to four weeks, but it's within the scope (of the original timetable)." Hellweg is expected to eventually be moved to Double-A, then Triple-A, if he doesn't suffer a setback.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Brewers' Johnny Hellweg, Taylor Williams set back by injuries

    Brewers pitching prospects Johnny Hellweg and Taylor Williams will get a late start of the season due to injuries, MLB.com reports. Williams is dealing with mild inflammation in his elbow and could open the season on the minor-league disabled list. "Not serious at this point," assistant general manager Gord Ash said, "but we don't want to push him." Hellweg is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery but has also been set back by a strained back. He'll remain in extended spring training and will work toward being assigned to high Class A Brevard County by the end of April.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Brewers option Johnny Hellweg to Triple-A

    The Brewers have optioned pitcher Johnny Hellweg to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Hellweg is on the road back from last April's Tommy John surgery. He's been slowed by minor back issues but will resume his throwing program in minor-league camp, the Journal Sentinel reports. The Brewers also re-assigned catcher Cameron Garfield and pitchers Hobbs Johnson, Brooks Hall and Taylor Williams to minor league camp Tuesday.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Brewers prospect Johnny Hellweg (elbow) to pitch by end of camp

    Brewers prospect Johnny Hellweg is making a quick progress from Tommy John surgery, and is expected to pitch by the end of camp, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday. Hellweg, 26, underwent surgery in April and is nearly 10 months removed from the procedure. The right-hander posted a 4.95 ERA over his first four starts at Triple-A Nashville last year before surgery.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Johnny Hellweg having Tommy John surgery

    A second opinion confirmed Brewers prospect Johnny Hellweg has a torn elbow ligament, and he'll undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday, reports MLB.com. The 25-year-old right-hander was acquired from the Angels in the Zack Greinke trade.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Johnny Hellweg likely to require Tommy John surgery

    Brewers minor-league pitcher Johnny Hellweg has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and will likely require season-ending surgery to repair it, according to MLB.com. Hellweg, who made seven spot starts for the Brewers a year ago, will visit Dr. James Andrews in the coming days to determine the extent of the injury. Hellweg was diagnosed with the injury by the team's head physician, and is likely looking at Tommy John surgery. Hellweg was 1-2 with a 4.95 ERA in four starts for Triple-A Nashville, and left his last start after just 3 2/3 innings.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Johnny Hellweg optioned to minors

    Brewers pitcher Johnny Hellweg was removed from the spring roster Wednesday, as he was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Hellweg had an 18.00 ERA and 3.00 WHIP in three spring relief outings.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Johnny Hellweg bulks up

    Brewers pitcher Johnny Hellweg bulked up during the offseason, according to MLB.com. Hellweg finished last season weighing 208 pounds, but reported to camp at 245 pounds. "I cut out a lot of bad stuff in my diet," Hellweg said. "Mostly protein and carbs, no gluten. It helped. It was a lot of work, actually." Hellweg said he feels great entering camp. He said he struggled with weight last season, but would not say whether he thought it contributed to some second half struggles. "I lost a lot of weight in July and August, so I just wanted to put it back on to make sure that if I was going to lose it again, I was going to be OK weight-wise," he said Hellweg posted a 6.75 ERA in 30 2/3 innings last season.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Brewers no longer have need for rotation competition

    With Matt Garza agreeing to a four-year, $52 million contract with the Brewers that doesn't bode well for some of the younger starting pitchers -- Tyler Thornburg, Johnny Hellweg, Jimmy Nelson and Will Smith -- who were competing for the final spot in the team's rotation. "I know it stinks for one of the young guys who was going to be competing for that extra spot, but they'll have their opportunities," Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse said. "This helps out the rotation a lot, I think. It's a good thing for us."

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Johnny Hellweg settles for a no-decision

    Brewers pitcher Johnny Hellweg failed to factor into the decision Thursday night against the Mets. He allowed one run on two hits and four walks while striking out three over four innings of a 4-2 victory.Hellweg allowed 10 earned runs over his final 20 innings pitched since joining the team in September. He finished the season with a 1-4 record, a 6.75 ERA and a 2.15 WHIP over eight appearances (seven starts).