Bickford has a 3.12 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and eight strikeouts in 8.2 innings in the Arizona League.
He is not officially on a rehab assignment, as the Brewers are keeping Bickford in Arizona to work on some things. This is amounting to a lost season for the 22-year-old righty, who missed the first 50 games serving a suspension for testing positive for a drug of abuse and then missed more time with a broken hand. After walking seven in his first three outings (5.2 innings), he only walked one while striking out three over three innings in his last start, so he is trending in the right direction.
Bickford (hand) tossed a bullpen earlier this week, but is still weeks away from returning to action, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.
Bickford has been out since the end of last year after earning a 50-game suspension (drug abuse) and breaking his hand in May. The right-hander will likely remain on the shelf until the beginning of August, barring any setbacks.
Bickford (suspension) underwent surgery for two fractures in his hand and will be sidelined for 8-to-12 weeks, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Bickford, who is serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a drug of abuse twice, suffered the injury in extended spring training when he was hit by a comebacker. He is expected to serve out the rest of his suspension and then head to the disabled list, making him eligible to play once he is healthy.
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