Brewers GM: No plans to move Parra
The Brewers sent Dave Bush to Triple-A Nashville last season when he was struggling, but they have no plans to make a similar move with left-hander Manny Parra, general manager Doug Melvin said Wednesday.
“We haven’t thought about that at all,” Melvin said.
Parra set career highs in allowing 10 runs and 11 hits in Tuesday’s 10-3 loss to the Marlins, his second poor outing in three starts. Eleven days earlier, he was charged with eight earned runs and eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings at Minnesota.
Parra fell to 3-7 and leads the National League in losses.
“Our focus is to get him better,” Melvin said. “This is a guy who won 10 games last year. He’s struggling now. Can he get better? Obviously, it wasn’t pretty last night.”
Pitching coach Bill Castro sat down with Parra for a chat on Wednesday, said manager Ken Macha, who could have his own chat as early as Thursday. Parra’s next scheduled start is Sunday in Atlanta.
Last year, the Brewers demoted Bush to Triple-A Nashville after he started the year 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in four starts. After his outing on Tuesday, Parra owns the same ERA.
In hindsight, Melvin said he wonders whether the team did the right thing in demoting Bush. It proved a moot point, because the Brewers were forced to recall Bush after one Triple-A start to replace the injured Yovani Gallardo.
“When you struggle a little bit, you’re bound to [lose confidence],” Melvin said. “It’s no different than a hitter who hasn’t drive in some runs in a while. Corey Hart had a bad month of May. The tough part about it is, the hitter gets to go back in the lineup the next day.
“With a pitcher, you can’t just stop them and say, ‘You’re not pitching any more,’ because then how to you get better? You can go to Triple-A; that’s always an option.”
But not an option the Brewers are considering for Parra.
“That’s our job, to make sure he doesn’t [lose confidence],” Melvin said. “If you send him to Triple-A now, you could totally lose him.”