Jeff Suppan, who will move to the Brewers bullpen in favor of left-hander Chris Narveson, spoke to reporters a few minutes ago about moving to the bullpen. Here’s what he had to say:
“I like to go back to the basics, and my best fastball down and away is [the same] whether I’m a starter or in the bullpen,” Suppan said. “So I’m going to work on that. I’ve worked very hard since Spring Training on my mechanics and getting right, and I’m starting to see a lot of benefits to that. But the results haven’t been there, so I’m going to do whatever I can to help the team. …
“Baseball is a humbling game, and you can’t have too big of an ego because anything can happen. I’ve always tried to be a humble guy. That’s always been the way I’ve lived my life. Whatever way I can help the team, I just want to contribute to wins. If it’s out of the bullpen or in the rotation, whatever.”
Did the decision surprise him?
“I was surprised a little bit, but ultimately I don’t concern myself with it,” Suppan said. “I just need to continue to work on what I need to work on to go out and pitch, and that’s pitch selection and pitch location. My two games I started, I had a lot of missed pitches but I threw a lot of good pitches. The missed pitches were down the middle and that doesn’t lead to good results. It was a situation where they told me today, after two starts, and I’ll go to the bullpen and help out any way I can.”
Did he think two starts was enough of a measuring stick?
“Well, it’s really not up to me. It’s not my decision,” he said. “They have their reasons and they have their thoughts, and I respect that. I’m just a player. I have a locker and they have the big offices. They make the decisions.”
Suppan was asked one final, straightforward question: He he been disappointed with his results so far?
“There’s many different ways you can look at results,” Suppan said. “I feel that I’ve made a lot of good pitches in my two games, and my bad pitches, they cost me runs. I feel that from where I started at to where I am now, I’ve made a lot of improvements. Obviously, you want to go out and get a quality start and get a ‘W.'”
Narveson will take Suppan’s spot in the starting rotation beginning Wednesday against the Pirates.
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