First-round pick Roache cleared to take swings

First-round pick Roache cleared to take swings

HOUSTON -- Outfielder Victor Roache, the second of Milwaukee's two first-round Draft picks this year, was cleared by team doctors to begin "dry" swings this weekend and is on track to be ready to play in the Fall Instructional League next month, Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said on Sunday.

The Brewers picked Roache 28th overall in the First-Year Player Draft in June, when he was less than four months removed from a major arm surgery. Roache had six screws and a metal plate installed to repair a broken bone, and two pins to fix a dislocated left wrist.

The season before he was hurt, Roache hit 30 home runs for Georgia Southern University.

"This is a premier, power-type guy," amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said on Draft night. "Yeah, there's some risk as to, 'Will he get to 100 percent?' But at this point, we feel very confident in the makeup of the kid to work hard and that the injury will heal and he will be who we think he'll be."

The Fall Instructional League begins in mid-September.