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Injuries a Problem in Fall League

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Milwaukee Brewers trainer Tommy Craig was the hardest-working man in town on Tuesday. In the Arizona Fall League battle of Peoria teams, three players left the game with injuries or discomfort, including two Brewers prospects.
The first to exit was Milwaukee pitching prospect and Javelinas starter Jeremy Jeffress, who departed with two outs in the first inning.
The 21-year-old right-hander, who was named the Brewers' 2008 Minor League Pitcher of the Year after striking out 115 in 94 innings at Class A Advanced Brevard County, was diagnosed with shoulder fatigue. He visited the team's local orthopedist, Dr. Evan Lederman, on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for five to seven days before a decision is made on his AFL status.
That means that Jeffress, Milwaukee's first-round pick in the 2006 Draft, will not participate in Friday night's Rising Stars Showcase.
Craig and Co. knew something was up with Jeffress when he took the mound for Tuesday's start and his fastball was only clocking in the low 90s scouts' radar guns. Not bad for most pitchers, but not vintage Jeffress, who has been consistently clocked in triple digits.
"He just wasn't himself," Craig said. "He warmed up, he didn't feel good and he just couldn't get it going."
Jeffress gave up a two-out grand slam to Padres slugger Kyle Blanks, hit the next batter and walked another before coming out of the game.
But the Brewers' woes were not over. In fact, Craig's workload was just beginning.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, Milwaukee third base prospect Taylor Green took a pitch from Cards hurler Tyler Norrick that caught a piece of his helmet and face, causing a minimally displaced fracture of his nose.
After lying on the ground for a few minutes while the trainers tended to him (though Craig was still inside the clubhouse with Jeffress), Green walked away surprisingly sprightly with a towel held to his cheek.
X-rays confirmed the injury Wednesday, though it was not nearly as bad as it could have been. Green is scheduled to have impact testing on his head and meet with an ear, nose and throat specialist on Thursday to clear him for play. He could be back in the Javelinas' lineup by the end of the week.
"He's got that hockey mentality," Craig said of the Canadian-born Green, who earned Florida State League All-Star honors this summer when he hit .289 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs at Brevard County. "He's already anxious to get back out there."
The news was not as good from the Saguaros dugout. Chicago White Sox outfield prospect Stefan Gartrell left the game in the fifth when he injured his left shoulder diving to catch a double by Reds prospect Justin Turner. Play was delayed for several minutes before Gartrell was taken away on a golf cart.
Gartrell's injury was revealed to be a Grade 3 separation of the AC joint in his shoulder. The good news is that it's his non-throwing shoulder, but the University of San Francisco product's AFL stint is over and he's likely to be rehabbing for the next few months.

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