PHOENIX -- The Brewers are taking a cautious approach with left-hander Jed Bradley, whose first professional Spring Training has been slowed by a tight left groin.
Bradley, one of Milwaukee's two first-round picks in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, has yet to face hitters and is "a couple of weeks away" from being ready to pitch in a game, manager Ron Roenicke said. The Brewers are hopeful that Bradley will appear in Cactus League action before he's optioned to a Minor League affiliate.
"We want to make sure he doesn't do anything to flare it up," Roenicke said. "The worst thing is if you invite a young guy into Major League camp and he's trying to impress somebody when he physically shouldn't be doing that."
Bradley also dealt with a groin issue last October, when he tweaked his groin in the team's instructional league and was held out at the start of the Arizona Fall League. He wound up pitching in five AFL games, including two starts.
He had a setback during his final bullpen session before reporting to Phoenix.
"If anything, it's teaching me patience," Bradley said. "I'll learn from it that way."
The Brewers' other first-round pick, Taylor Jungmann, is a full participant in camp and is scheduled to pitch in an intrasquad game on Saturday. Roenicke said Brewers coaches have identified some areas in which Jungmann can clean up his delivery, but have been impressed with his command.