Bush's next start in doubt

Dave Bush’s next Brewers start, and perhaps the rest of the season, is in doubt pending a visit Friday with head team physician William Raasch to determine if the lingering discomfort in Bush’s right triceps is reason for worry. 

“Something’s not quite right,” said Bush, who has allowed 13 runs over eight innings in his two starts since returning from the disabled list. “I don’t believe it’s anything serious, but I’m still trying to work through some soreness.” 

Bush’s next scheduled start is Monday against the Cardinals. If he’s scratched, the Brewers might take a look at left-hander Chris Narveson, who has a 4.95 ERA in 14 relief appearances for the Brewers this season. 

The troubles for Bush date to June 4, when he was struck on the back of the right upper arm by a Hanley Ramirez line drive in Florida. He worked six innings that night and then made three more starts before an MRI scan revealed microtearing of the triceps. Bush was on the disabled list for more than two months before returning to face the Reds on Aug. 27. 

After he surrendered eight runs to the Cardinals on Wednesday night, he reported feeling “dull pain,” according to manager Ken Macha. Bush wonders if the sensation is being caused by scar tissue breaking up in his arm.

“We’re going to let the doctor figure that out,” Macha said. “[Bush] wants to go out there and work his way through it. We’ll see what the doctor has to say.”

Bush pitched in at least 30 games in each of his first three seasons with the Brewers but that streak will end this year. He is 3-6 with a 6.47 ERA in 17 appearances including 16 starts. 

“I don’t want to put myself in a situation where I can get hurt,” he said. “As long as I’m comfortable and everyone else is comfortable that pitching through some soreness or discomfort is all right, then I’ll be fine. You have to be smart about it. 

“I’ve already missed so much time, it’s hard to miss any more. The season isn’t over. I’d like to get to the point where I can go into the offseason with something positive.”

1 Comment

Kenny Macha; Why did you let Bush continue his outing after the line-drive and the internal bleeding? The rest of the staff, too. Burns had just come up, and we could have used him earlier. That was the Last Tuesday at the Plate for David Bush. Bush is more rational than Ben Sheets. He would have backed out of the game without whining. They should not have even asked him if he felt like taking a few more innings, in the first place. And our manager is the one who’d asked him. I’d rather deal with on off-balance bullpen than lose a guy to preserve it.

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