Burns to start for Brewers on Saturday

Brewers manager Ken Macha did not sugarcoat his decision to name Mike Burns as his starting pitcher for Saturday’s game against the Padres.

“We have depleted all the options,” Macha said.

Burns, freshly recalled from Triple-A Nashville, will return to the Brewers’ rotation because the team has few other choices. Burns was bounced from the rotation after going 2-3 in five starts, but injuries to Dave Bush and Jeff Suppan necessitated another fresh arm, and Burns got the call over Tim Dillard, a right-hander who was a starter all season at Nashville.

In his five starts, Burns has a 7.20 ERA and opponents are hitting .314 against him with seven home runs in 25 innings.

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