Parra's MRI yields no answers

An MRI scan of Manny Parra’s neck delivered “no significant findings,” Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said, but the Brewers were poised to bring in additional reinforcements in the event Parra remains sidelined.

Mike Burns, who finished the season at Triple-A Nashville and had gone home for the winter, will rejoin the team in Friday in Milwaukee but not to take Parra’s spot in the starting rotation, Ash said. That start, against the Astros, will go to left-hander Chris Narveson.

Parra traveled back to Milwaukee on Wednesday morning for the MRI and a visit with head team physician William Raasch. The doctors are convinced that the problem in Parra’s neck, which dates to Sept. 8, when he left a start against the Cardinals after one inning, is muscular and not structural.

“He will continue physical therapy,” Ash said. “Mr. Burns will join us on Friday to make sure we have sufficient back-up.”

Burns is already on Milwaukee’s full 40-man roster.

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