Brewers say Braddock will dictate return

Brewers say Braddock will dictate return

Brewers say Braddock will dictate return
CHICAGO -- Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said Zach Braddock's disciplinary demotion to Triple-A Nashville would end as soon as the pitcher "is able to demonstrate that he is able to follow the requirements" of a Major League reliever.

In a surprise move late Wednesday, the team optioned Braddock to the Minors and recalled another lefty, Daniel Ray Herrera, who arrived at Wrigley Field about 90 minutes before the Brewers and Cubs finished their four-game series.

Braddock, who was about 10 days removed from a stint on the disabled list for a sleep disorder, had been tardy on a number of occasions, manager Ron Roenicke said.

"Part of being in the big leagues is following what is expected of the team, and he wasn't doing that," Ash said. "We've discussed it very thoroughly with him, and hopefully he understands and hopefully he'll be back here in short order. ...

"Doug [Melvin, Milwaukee's general manager] and Ron were very clear with him -- go and demonstrate in very quick order that you are prepared to follow the requirements and there is a good, strong possibility [you will be back quickly]. We need him.

"But if you're going to have a team, it has to be that. It can't be 24 guys and an exception."

Players optioned to the Minors must spend at least 10 days there before they are eligible for a recall, unless they replace a player placed on the DL.

Ash declined to provide specific details of Braddock's infractions but said they were related to time management. Roenicke said Braddock had been both late arriving to the ballpark and late taking the field for some activities.

Travel in the Pacific Coast League is not exactly conducive to a player with sleep issues, but the Sounds are in a friendly portion of the schedule. Braddock will join the team on Saturday in Memphis, before Game 2 of a four-game series. Then the team returns to Greer Stadium for a stretch of 12 of 16 games at home. The only road trip in that span is back in Round Rock, another relatively easy trip from Nashville.

The Brewers' medical experts feel they have Braddock's sleep disorder under control with medication. His velocity has returned to its 2010 level. Now he must clear a final time-management hurdle.

"Zach's a good guy, he works hard, he's trying to manage this stuff," Roenicke said. "We need him to just go somewhere where he can get everything right. Once he gets everything right, he's throwing the ball good, so we'd like to see him back."