Stetter's setback leaves Crew with lefty shortage

Stetter's setback leaves Crew with lefty shortage

Stetter's setback leaves Crew with lefty shortage
SAN FRANCISCO -- There was a point during Spring Training that the Brewers pondered carrying three left-handed relievers on the roster. That seems like a long time ago.

Zach Braddock, Manny Parra and Mitch Stetter have all endured serious setbacks this season and in-season acquisition Daniel Ray Herrera was downright ineffective, leaving the Brewers with an entirely right-handed bullpen for the foreseeable future.

"Coming in, we thought we were covered with left-handers," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We didn't think that was an issue."

Suddenly, it is.

The latest setback is to Stetter, who is "still having issues" with a left hip injury, Roenicke said. Stetter left a rehabilitation assignment at Nashville to visit with head team physician William Raasch in Milwaukee. He may need surgery to repair a labrum issue in his hip.

He's not the only one having trouble.

Braddock, who spent time on the disabled list earlier this season for a sleep disorder, was demoted from the Major Leagues last week and is currently on the inactive list at Triple-A Nashville. Club officials now say they cannot discuss the nature of his troubles because of confidentiality concerns.

Parra remains on the DL with a strained ligament and flexor tendon in his left elbow and probably will not pitch this season. He briefly visited teammates earlier this week in Arizona.

If Stetter undergoes surgery, the most likely member of that trio to make it back is Braddock, the talented but troubled 23-year-old.

"I don't know all that's going on, but I'm still expecting him to be back," Roenicke said.

Several reports have linked the Brewers to left-handers on the trade market, but Roenicke is used to going without. While serving as bench coach with the Angels in 2005, Roenicke went all the way to the American League Championship Series with an entirely right-handed bullpen in the postseason.

"If we had a lefty who was lights-out against left-handed [batters], then absolutely I want that lefty," Roenicke said. "But they're not that easy to find."