Bruso returns to moun
South Tahoe High graduate Greg Bruso has finished extended spring training and made two rehabilitation starts for the Single-A High Desert Mavericks.
Bruso, who suffered a scapula injury during spring training, stayed in Arizona until the first week in July. He will stay with High Desert for up to six starts before heading to Huntsville, where he finished last season with the Stars, a Milwaukee Brewers’ Double-A club.
The 1999 South Tahoe High graduate was roughed up in his first start for the Mavericks on July 6, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. He improved in his second start last Sunday, going five innings with four hits and an unearned run.
“I’m just getting my arm back in shape and I guess I had some first-game jitters,” Bruso said. “It’s taken a little longer than I thought, but they’re being careful with me and taking things slow.”
The Mavericks visit the Stockton Ports this weekend, with Bruso slated to get his third start on Saturday.
The 23-year-old is coming off two of the busiest and most successful seasons of his pitching career. He threw 170 1/3 innings last year, splitting time between Single-A San Jose and Double-AA Norwich and Huntsville. He was traded from the San Francisco Giants’ organization to the Brewers for big-league infielder Eric Young during the stretch drive.
A year earlier, Bruso threw 81 1/3 innings for Salem-Keizer, following 93 strong innings during his All-America senior season at UC-Davis.