Crew taking its time on rotation decisions

The Brewers are making arrangements to give themselves as much time as possible to render decisions about the back end of their starting rotation. 
They scheduled a “B” game against the Rangers for Thursday that will allow Dave Bush and Manny Parra to continue working on the same day, and are trying to schedule another for Sunday against the White Sox to allow Chris Narveson to continue pitching on the same day as Randy Wolf. On Tuesday, Wolf pitched a Minor League intrasquad game so Brewers officials could evaluate Narveson in the afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Royals. 
Bush, Narveson and Parra and competing along with Jeff Suppan for two openings in the rotation. 
“We’ve still got a lot of time to figure that out,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. “We talk about it every day.”
Narveson delivered four more scoreless innings against the Royals on Tuesday and has yet to allow a run in three Spring Training starts. He’s building off a strong finish to last season, when Narveson went 1-0 with a 2.73 ERA in five relief appearances and four starts to win the team’s pitcher of the month honor for September/October. 
The Brewers announced before the game that Bush would start an afternoon “B” game against the Rangers before Parra takes the mound for the regularly-scheduled nighttime affair. 
“I talked to Doug about it and I think we’d like to see Parra pitch in the ‘A’ game,” manager Ken Macha said. “We want to see the progress that he’s making. Bush has background and track record. If he’s healthy, he’s going to be able to pitch, and he appears to be healthy. We’re looking for improvement from Parra, and he’s shown that so far.”
Suppan’s next turn in the spring rotation should come Friday against the Angels.
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2 Comments

Who cares about Suppan? The guy pitches junk balls, just get rid of him already. How is it a hard decision? What the $12.5 million loss is hard to chew on, but so is not making the playoffs because you have a pitcher that loses 18 games with a +5 ERA which is what Suppan will have this year if he stays on the team.
Take the plunge Mark and Doug, let him go!!!!

Narveson deserves to be on the team. I’ll be bummed if he gets bumped for Suppan. It’ll suck to eat Suppan’s monster salary, but, he should be let go in favor of Bush, Parra and Narveson. We’re still eating Bill Hall’s salary this year, so I doubt the front office is eager to let Suppan go, but it should be done. We already have two veteran’s in the rotation, we don’t need a third.

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