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Despite Elbow Injury, Brewers Draft Huira In First Round

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(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers’ top draft choice might need Tommy John surgery to fix his right throwing elbow — but team officials say it’s worth it to get a quality hitter. The Brewers took California/Irvine second baseman Keston Huira with the ninth pick in Monday night’s first round — and scout Wynn Pelzer calls him “the best college hitter in the country” as he batted .442 this spring as a D-H with eight homers. He partially tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow last April and hurt it again in November — and he received a P-R-P injection two months later so he could hit without pain in his junior year at Irvine. Brewers’ officials say they’ll carefully weigh the best medical options to get the 20-year-old Huira throwing again — and surgery may not be needed, but they don’t know how long it will take for him to make a full recovery. Also, Milwaukee took Texas high school outfielder Tristen Lutz with the 34th pick, and Alabama high school right hander Caden Lemons at Number 46.

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