CINCINNATI -- The Brewers were one step closer to rectifying their all-right-handed bullpen after left-hander Zach Braddock struck out all three hitters he faced in a clean inning for Triple-A Nashville on Sunday. Braddock is scheduled for back-to-back outings on Tuesday and Wednesday, and if he passes those tests his next outing after that could be in a Brewers uniform."I don't want to say that's our plan; it's just that he'll go Tuesday, Wednesday and then we'll re-evaluate," manager Ron Roenicke said. Braddock has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 3 receiving treatment for a sleep disorder. His comeback was delayed last week when he split a fingernail on his left hand before a scheduled rehab appearance for Class A Wisconsin. Lefty relievers Braddock, Mitch Stetter (hip) and Manny Parra (elbow) all remained on the DL on Monday, so the Brewers entered a series against left-handed sluggers Joey Votto and Jay Bruce -- not to mention the rest of the Reds -- with only right-handers in the bullpen. Speaking of rehabbing relievers, right-hander Takashi Saito is scheduled for a bullpen session Tuesday afternoon and will probably throw several mound sessions before facing hitters. That could delay his return until the Brewers' next homestand.
Hart plays, then exits game early
CINCINNATI -- After spending one miserable day back home in bed and another on the Brewers' bench, right fielder Corey Hart was feeling strong enough Monday to rejoin the starting lineup for the team's Memorial Day game against left-hander Travis Wood and the Reds. He didn't last long.Hart's return from a mysterious illness lasted fewer than five innings before he was back in the training room for more intravenous fluids. "I was trying to go as long as I could today, but my legs were gone and I didn't have any energy to run around," Hart said after the Brewers' 7-3 loss. Hart fell ill overnight Friday into Saturday and was having so much trouble keeping food and fluids down that the club's medical staff administered two bags of IV fluid and sent Hart back home. He received two more bags of fluid on Sunday, but was well enough to remain at Miller Park through the Brewers' series-clinching win over the Giants, then travel on the team charter for the start of a weeklong road trip. "I guess any time you have four bags of fluid in you, it's not going too well," Hart said. "My wife was a little sick, but nothing like that. It was over the top. It was a bad two days." Hart's appetite was back Sunday -- he munched on chocolate chip cookies in the clubhouse -- and he was feeling well enough to play at Great American Ball Park, where Monday's temperature reached 98 degrees. "My energy is not awesome, but I feel good enough to do some stuff," he said before the game. He grounded out in the first inning, struck out in the third but then singled in the fifth with the Brewers facing a 5-0 deficit. That's when manager Ron Roenicke decided to replace Hart with Nyjer Morgan. "[Hart] went out there and he was drained," Roenicke said. "We weren't sure today if we were going to play him or not, and we decided we'll play him because of the left-hander, and if we have a chance to get him out, we'll get him out of there." Hart has a knack for falling ill at the worst possible times. He was 6-for-15 with four home runs in the four games before his miserable weekend. Two years ago, Hart was hitting .329 over a 22-game span before developing what he thought was a case of food poisoning in San Diego. He ended up undergoing an emergency appendectomy.
How good have Brewers starters been this season? Consider that Sunday's 6-0 win over the Giants was the seventh shutout by Milwaukee pitchers in the first 53 games. That matches the team's total from all of 2010. ... Monday marked the first of 11 consecutive road games for which FS Wisconsin will produce its "Brewers Live" pre- and post-game programming from on-site while the network's Milwaukee studio is relocated to suburban Brookfield, Wis. ... Catcher Mike Rivera accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Nashville and went 1-for-4 in the Sounds' loss to Oklahoma City on Monday. Rivera was sent out by the Brewers three days earlier when Morgan came off the disabled list.