Suppan, Bush still 10 days away

Brewers manager Ken Macha came armed with a pocket schedule for his morning meeting with reporters and laid out the plan for rehabbing right-handers Jeff Suppan (oblique) and Dave Bush (triceps).

After Suppan surrendered four runs in 3 1/3 innings at Class A Wisconsin on Saturday night, club officials decided he needed another outing. Suppan will start Thursday for Triple-A Nashville, leaving him lined up to return to the Brewers’ starting rotation on Aug. 25 against the Reds at Miller Park.

Suppan was back at Miller Park on Sunday for treatment, but was not available to reporters during open hours in the clubhouse. Macha said Suppan was reporting nothing other than the usual post-start soreness.

“He’s got typical stuff after pitching,” Macha said. “A
little tender. Nothing out of the ordinary.”

Bush, meanwhile, is already slated to start for Wisconsin on Tuesday and will follow with an outing for Double-A Huntsville on Saturday. That means he will be ready to return to the big league rotation on Aug. 27, the series finale against the Reds.

Macha said the reasoning behind giving Suppan another
outing and scheduling Bush for two was so that each pitcher will be able to throw six
innings when they return.


With those plans set, Macha was able to lay out his probable pitchers for the next week. Mike Burns moves back to the bullpen after his fine seven-inning outing on Saturday night, so the list looks like this:

Monday at PIT: Carlos Villanueva
Tuesday at PIT: Manny Parra
Wednesday at PIT: Yovani Gallardo

Thursday OFF

Friday at WAS: Braden Looper
Saturday at WAS: Villanueva
Aug. 23 at WAS: Parra
Aug. 24 at WAS: Gallardo

Of course, as Macha cautioned, there could always be road
bumps along the way.

“We sat down and tried to figure all this out this
morning, but as we’re all well aware the best laid plans perhaps go awry,”
he said.


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