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Escobar thinks he'll be ready to play this season

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PHOENIX -- Veteran right-hander Kelvim Escobar has essentially hit the reset button on his comeback bid, but he said this week's setback will not scuttle his chance to win a job in the Brewers' bullpen.

Escobar said he felt fine in a bullpen session on Thursday, four days after he had to exit an outing against the Cubs with weakness in his right hand. Doctors told him the problem was related to a nerve that runs down his arm, and can be overcome with time and treatment.

"I'm pretty much ready, because I was pitching in Venezuela," he said. "And we still have three weeks left in Spring Training. That's enough to show them there is something left for me."

Escobar's 2/3-inning stint against the Cubs was his first official Spring Training appearance since 2009. He has not pitched in a Major League game since June 6 of that year because of ongoing shoulder injuries.

Manager Ron Roenicke said Escobar's next step was to be determined.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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