Braddock another step closer to return

Braddock another step closer to return

CINCINNATI -- The Brewers were one step closer to rectifying their all-right-handed bullpen after left-hander Zach Braddock struck out all three hitters he faced in a clean inning for Triple-A Nashville on Sunday. Braddock is scheduled for back-to-back outings on Tuesday and Wednesday, and if he passes those tests his next outing after that could be in a Brewers uniform.

"I don't want to say that's our plan; it's just that he'll go Tuesday, Wednesday and then we'll re-evaluate," manager Ron Roenicke said.

Braddock has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 3 receiving treatment for a sleep disorder. His comeback was delayed last week when he split a fingernail on his left hand before a scheduled rehab appearance for Class A Wisconsin.

Lefty relievers Braddock, Mitch Stetter (hip) and Manny Parra (elbow) all remained on the DL on Monday, so the Brewers entered a series against left-handed sluggers Joey Votto and Jay Bruce -- not to mention the rest of the Reds -- with only right-handers in the bullpen.

Speaking of rehabbing relievers, right-hander Takashi Saito is scheduled for a bullpen session Tuesday afternoon and will probably throw several mound sessions before facing hitters. That could delay his return until the Brewers' next homestand.