Parra sent down to Triple-A, Narveson up
The Brewers didn’t wait long to send Manny Parra to the Minors.
General manager Doug Melvin visited with Parra in the clubhouse during the fifth inning of Saturday’s 7-1 loss to the White Sox, after Parra was hit for six runs without escaping the second inning, and told the left-hander he was being optioned to Triple-A Nashville.
The Brewers purchased the contract of left-hander Chris Narveson to replace Parra, and Narveson will be in uniform for Sunday’s series finale. To clear a 40-man roster spot, the team moved second baseman Rickie Weeks to the 60-day disabled list.
The move came as little surprise for two reasons. One, because of two upcoming off-days, the Brewers can get by with four starters until June 28. Two, Parra has been struggling for some time. Since a win in St. Louis on May 17, Parra is 0-4 with a 13.50 ERA (32 earned runs in 21 1/3 innings).
“His confidence level is pretty low,” Melvin said. “He said he didn’t feel comfortable throwing any of his pitches for strikes.”
Narveson, who will return to the big leagues for the first time since pitching in five games for the Cardinals in 2006, had a 3.38 ERA in 20 relief appearances for Nashville this season. He will get a good, long look, Melvin said, because he has no Minor League options remaining.
The Brewers were not exactly flush with options in Nashville. Right-hander Mike Burns worked four scoreless for the Brewers at Florida on June 2, but he was just optioned back to the Minors on Tuesday and must remain there for 10 days before he’s eligible to return. The Brewers could have recalled lefty R.J. Swindle for a third stint in the Majors this season, but both of Milwaukee’s next two opponents — Cleveland and Detroit — feature mostly right-handed hitters.
The other top option was Tim Dillard, who pitched in relief last season for Milwaukee but was converted to a starter this spring and went 7-3 with a 4.23 ERA in his first 11 starts. The Brewers opted to have Dillard make his start as scheduled on Saturday night.