By all accounts, 2011 was a lost season for Zach Braddock.
After posting a 1-2 record with a 2.94 ERA in 2010, the 24-year-old made the opening day roster for the first time in his brief major league career last spring and figured to be a key part of the Brewers' bullpen.
In early May, though, Braddock went to the 15-day disabled list with a sleep disorder. At the time, some raised eyebrows thinking the move was just a ruse by the Brewers in order to create a roster spot for Nyjer Morgan, himself coming off the disabled list.
The issue was no clever creation. He'd been suffering from it for years and this particular bout left him out of action for nearly a month. When he returned to the roster, he didn't stay in Milwaukee long. Punctuality issues led to his demotion to Class AAA Nashville a few weeks later.
Braddock started out with respectable numbers but finished the year with a 0-1 record and a 7.27 ERA in 25 appearances (17.1 innings).
"It was difficult," Braddock said of ...