Morgan returns to Brewers’ lineup against Braves

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ATLANTA (AP) - Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, and the team put left-handed reliever Zach Braddock on the DL because of a sleep disorder.

Morgan was starting in center field and batting second against the Braves, replacing Carlos Gomez.

Morgan has been out with a bruised right quadriceps. He was hitting .455 in 13 games for the Brewers and played two games with Triple-A Nashville on an injury rehabilitation assignment.

Manager Ron Roenicke said Braddock will remain with the team on its road trip, which ends with a weekend series in St. Louis.

Roenicke said tests on Braddock the last 10 days confirmed the disorder. More tests are planned in Milwaukee after the road trip.

Braddock, 23, is 0-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 12 games. He had a 2.98 ERA in 46 games last season.

The numbers may not indicate a problem, but Roenicke said Braddock looks different.

“This is a real thing,” Roenicke said. “I think people look at it a little differently, but if you’ve been with Zach and you see him every day when he comes in here, it’s a real thing. … To try to perform every day physically and go out there when you’re not sleeping well, that’s rough.”

The loss of Braddock leaves Milwaukee with only one left-handed reliever, Mitch Stetter.

Roenicke said the team’s seven-man bullpen is sufficient because “our starting pitchers have been good. They’re getting us late enough in games.”

Milwaukee was carrying 13 pitchers before Tuesday’s moves.

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Associated Press freelance writer Amy Jinkner-Lloyd contributed to this report.

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