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Crosby's return delayed by strained thigh

PHOENIX -- Former American League Rookie of the Year Bobby Crosby's comeback remained on hold Thursday because of a minor leg injury.

Crosby, a non-roster invitee to Brewers camp who has not played baseball since 2010, strained his left thigh last week and still felt some discomfort in a running drill several days ago, manager Ron Roenicke said. Crosby tested the leg again on Thursday by running through the usual array of pregame drills.

"We're hoping this thing doesn't go much longer," Roenicke said. "I wouldn't think it would, but I also told him we have to make sure it's gone before he plays again, because if he pulls it again, we're talking a long time now."

Roenicke said there is plenty of Spring Training remaining for Crosby to get on the field and make the team.

"That's what I told him, I said, 'I understand where you need to be back on the field, but we've got a long time to go,'" Roenicke said. "I'm not going to really bear down on [evaluating] these extra guys until the last couple of weeks of spring. … I don't want to make any quick decisions here."

Crosby, 33, is in the running for the final spot on the Brewers' bench, and could help fill in at first base early in the season while Corey Hart works back from knee surgery.

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