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Brownlie Embraces Bullpen

Brownlie looking ahead

Of the four first-round picks the Cubs had in the 2002 draft, one hasn't won a game since August of that year, one hasn't pitched in a live game since early '04, one was released by the organization altogether, and one is adjusting to a fairly new role in the bullpen while rediscovering the velocity that was absent for most of his 2004 season and parts of '05.

Right-hander Bobby Brownlie, drafted first in that rare influx of first-round picks four seasons ago, had been struggling through his first season at Triple-A last year when he was placed on the disabled list with a minor elbow injury in late May. When he returned roughly three weeks later, Brownlie was used exclusively from the bullpen for the first time in his career, at which point he started...

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