Rehabbing Brewers right-hander Jeff Suppan threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and will head out for a Minor League start later this week. Assuming that goes well, there were strong indications that he will return as the Brewers’ fifth starter, perhaps as early as next Wednesday or Thursday in Chicago.
Brewers manager Ken Macha said he would probably reveal more about Suppan’s travel plans on Wednesday, when the team wraps up its season-opening series against the Rockies. Off-days on Thursday and Tuesday are allowing Macha to operate for now with only four starting pitchers.
“There are a lot of different ways it could go, so just let us figure it out,” he said.
Asked whether the most likely scenario had Suppan stepping in as the fifth starter, assistant general manager Gord Ash said, “It could be, but we haven’t got that far yet.”
Suppan started the season on the 15-day disabled list with a neck injury. He’s eligible to be activated beginning Saturday.