Arnett, Heckathorn, Periard sent down

The Brewers made their first Spring Training camp on Monday, when right-hander Alex periard was optioned to Double-A Huntsville and righties Eric Arnett and Kyle Heckathorn were returned to Minor League camp. 

Arnett and Heckathorn were Milwaukee’s top two picks in last summer’s First-Year Player Draft and their camp invitations were part of their contracts. Neither appeared in an official Cactus League game. 

“It’s been exciting, and I’m just going to try to get back here next year,” Arnett said a few days earlier. 

Periard, who got his first taste of big league camp in 2009 but was sidelined at that time by a shoulder injury, made his lone appearance this year on Saturday against the Rockies. He was charged with three earned runs in two innings. 

With Monday’s moves, the Brewers have 54 players in Major League camp.

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