MILWAUKEE For the Brewers, 2011 was one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history.
For Manny Parra, it was nothing short of a disaster.
The left-hander was plagued by injury from the start of spring training and after a couple of minor league attempts, finally saw his season end with elbow surgery. While his teammates celebrated a division title, Parra recovered and rehabbed and hoped he'd be ready to go when camp opened at Maryvale this spring.
"I've been waiting for this for a year," Parra said. "Last summer I kept fighting all the way up until September to try and get back with the team, and then, when I went out and threw and my elbow still hurt and we had to have surgery, that's when I finally realized I wasn't going to be able to be back with the team last year. But I didn't give up, so I've been waiting on this for a long time."
Watching from home was tough.
"You love to be part of that energy," Parra said. ...