Bradley scratched from AFL with groin strain

The Brewers announced Tuesday that right-hander Tyler Thornborg would pitch in the prospect-rich Arizona Fall League in place of left-hander Jed Bradley, who told fans on Twitter (@Jed_Bradley) that he’d suffered a mild groin strain. Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash confirmed that news.

“We want to be extra careful,” Ash said.

Bradley was the second of the Brewers’ two first-round picks in this year’s First-Year Player Draft, selected 15th overall out of Georgia Tech. Like 12th overall pick Taylor Jungmann, Bradley did not sign until moments before the Aug. 15 deadline for teams to reach terms with drafted players, so the AFL assignment was to represent Bradley’s professional debut.

Thornburg, 23 on Thursday, is a quality replacement. He was 10-6 with a 2.57 ERA in 24 starts at two Class A affiliates in 2011, logging 84 strikeouts vs. 33 walks in 68 innings. He held opponents to a .186 average at his second stop, advanced Class A Brevard County.

For complete Arizona Fall League coverage, visit the special section of MLB.com. The Brewers have nine players on the Peoria Javelinas’ roster including outfielder Logan Schafer, who is currently in the big leagues. The AFL season begins Oct. 4.

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