Prospects Hellweg, Williams set back by injuries

Prospects Hellweg, Williams set back by injuries

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Brewers pitching prospects Johnny Hellweg and Taylor Williams will get a late start to the season because of medical matters.

Hellweg's delayed debut was expected, since the right-hander is coming back from Tommy John surgery last April. But he was further set back recently by a strained back and had been shut down, according to assistant GM Gord Ash. Hellweg is feeling better now and will remain in extended Spring Training, with a goal of being assigned to advanced Class A Brevard County by the end of April.

Williams, a standout in the early weeks of the Brewers' big league camp, has some mild inflammation of the right elbow and could open the year on Brevard County's disabled list, Ash said.

"Not serious at this point," Ash said, "but we don't want to push him."

Eventually, the Brewers hope to get Williams into the prospect-rich starting rotation at Double-A Biloxi.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.