Arnett out with shoulder injury

Right-hander Eric Arnett will begin the Minor League season on the disabled list because of a right rotator cuff injury, Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said.

Arnett, milwaukee’s first pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, was already off to a 3-13 start in his professional career with a 6.18 ERA. He is expected to miss a significant chunk of the season.

“Let’s put it this way,” Ash said. “It’ll be about a month before he throws.”

Arnett is in Phoenix strengthening his shoulder. The Brewers gave him last winter off after Arnett went 3-9 with a 6.67 ERA between rookie-level Arizona and Class A Wisconsin while working with dramatically decreased velocity compared to his days at Indiana University.

“We’re discouraged, yes,” Ash said. “He didn’t participate in any winter programs, and the idea was for him to come in and be ready to go, and he wasn’t. … We wanted him to take this time to get his mind [clear] because he had been a couple years straight of participation. This was a physical break for him, and he just wasn’t ready to go.

“You never give up. We’re certainly not giving up. We’re disappointed, but we haven’t given up.”

Another ’09 Draft pick, outfielder D’Vontrey Richardson, will also start the season on the DL with a hip injury. His stint will be much shorter than Arnett’s, and when Richardson is healthy he’s expected to play for Class A Brevard County.

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