Rehabbing Braddock nearing return

Rehabbing Braddock nearing return

Rehabbing Braddock nearing return
CINCINNATI -- Brewers left-handed reliever Zach Braddock pitched a second consecutive night for Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday, and club officials will discuss whether to reinstate him from the disabled list as early as Friday in Florida.

Braddock has been on the 15-day DL since May 3 getting treatment for a sleep disorder. His rehab hit a roadblock when he split the middle fingernail on his left hand warming up for a Class A appearance on May 23.

He's since made three appearances for Nashville. Braddock walked three batters Tuesday night in two-thirds of an inning, but Sounds reliever Donovan Hand stranded the runners. On Wednesday, Braddock walked another batter but pitched a scoreless inning.

With Braddock, Mitch Stetter (hip) and Manny Parra (elbow) all on the DL, the Brewers have been without a left-hander in the bullpen since May 17. That may have hurt them Wednesday in Cincinnati, as right-hander Kameron Loe surrendered a game-winning home run to left-handed Reds slugger Joey Votto.

Utility man Erick Almonte is also with Nashville, working his way back from a concussion. He is 2-for-10 in his first five games with the Sounds including a pinch-hit walk Wednesday night.