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Braddock nearing a return to Brewers

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Roster Report · Braddock nearing a return to Brewers · Notes, Quotes

The Brewers are encouraged by the progress made by left-handed reliever Zach Braddock since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list at the beginning of the month with sleep disorder.

Braddock's treatment helped him get ready to make a rehab appearance Thursday night with Class A Wisconsin. He dominated the five hitters he faced, striking out all five.

"Five hitters, five strikeouts, and the velocity was up," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "We're very pleased about that. Now we'll just have to figure out when he comes off (the DL). We're going to be on the road, and I don't know if we'll have him fly there or not.

"If he's still fine, maybe activate him when we get back."

Though Braddock is eligible to be activated Monday, that's the day the Brewers begin a truncated trip to Los Angeles and San Diego. The Brewers play two night games against the Dodgers, then two night games against the Padres before flying all night to return to Milwaukee for a game May 20.

That schedule is not helpful to a person who has been having trouble sleeping, so the Brewers might keep Braddock back to pitch somewhere in the minors until they return to Milwaukee. Mitch Stetter has been the only lefty in the bullpen and usually is used only against left-handed hitters, while Braddock has been efficient against right-handers as well and can pitch full innings.

"I think, really, we're going to rely more on what the doctors say about it," Roenicke said. "If they're fine with it, then we'll go on performance. And for the first outing, it was really good.

"There's been something going on with him, not having the velocity (in earlier outings). You guys know, when you don't sleep at all, it's pretty hard physically to be able to do the things you're used to doing."

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