Bush won't return before All-Star break

The Brewers may need a starter next Saturday, but manager Ken Macha said this morning that it will not be Dave Bush, who is on the disabled list with microtears in his right triceps and is technically eligible to return as early as Monday.

Instead, Bush is scheduled to make a Minor League rehabilitation start for Double-A Huntsville at Mississippi on July 15. If that goes well, Bush would return to the Brewers for their July 20-22 series in Pittsburgh.

Bush ramped-up his rehab on Friday, playing catch from 120 feet in the Wrigley Field outfield before moving in to “pitch” on flat ground to bullpen coach Stan Kyles.

“I’m trying to find the delicate balance between letting it rest and also finding out how it feels,” Bush said. “I have to use a certain amount of effort to determine just to see if I feel good enough. I moved a little further back today and put a little more effort into it. I feel good.”

Bush is on the disabled list for the first time in his career. Before his current injury, caused by a Hanley Ramirez line drive that struck his arm on June 4 in Florida, Bush had never missed a single outing.

“I’m starting to get a little anxious,” he said. “It feels a little like Spring Training.”

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