Suppan may return next weekend

Injured Brewers starter Jeff Suppan is scheduled to make
a rehab start on Saturday for Class-A Appleton, and depending on the outcome could return as early as next weekend, Brewers manager Ken Macha said Friday.

Earlier this week, Macha said the medical staff put
together a schedule that had both Suppan and fellow starter Dave Bush back with
the club by September 1.

“The [medical staff] hopes that Suppan will be fine,” Macha said of Suppan, who went on the disabled list with a left oblique strain on July 30. “If
he gets through the two [scheduled]
innings feeling good then [he’ll be] on the mound for the third. If he’s good
then we’ll give him another inning or so.”

Macha said a team trainer will be with Suppan in Appleton
to monitor him throughout the game. (In other pitching news, Bush will also
take the next step in his rehab and throw in a simulated game on Saturday.)

If Suppan feels good, Macha said the team tentatively has
him lined up to pitch against the Nationals in a four-game series in Washington from August 21-24.

“We’ve got a rough schedule laid out. Hopefully both of
them will come through with flying colors and we’ll see from there,” Macha
said. “As we saw with the last time, Dave Bush went out, had a pretty good
outing [then the] next five days and ran out of gas, so we’ll proceed cautiously.”


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