Former All-Star left-hander Chris Capuano moved back to within one step of the big leagues on Tuesday, when the Brewers, as expected, promoted him from Class A Brevard County to Triple-A Nashville. Capuano is attempting a comeback from the second Tommy John surgery of his career.
He is scheduled to start for the Sounds on Thursday against Tacoma, Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said. That is supposed to be Chase Wright’s day to pitch, but Ash was not ready to say how the rest of the rotation would be impacted by Capuano’s arrival.
In three starts at Brevard County, Capuano was 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 17 strikeouts versus zero walks.
“The concern there wasn’t the numbers, it was can he handle the physicality of pitching?” Ash said. “He’s ready for the challenge of getting more advanced hitters out.”
Capuano has not pitched in the Majors since 2007. He re-injured his surgically-repaired left elbow during 2008 Spring Training and underwent his second ligament replacement surgery that May. The list of pitchers to successfully return to the big leagues from multiple Tommy John surgeries is short, but it includes former Brewers reliever Chad Fox.
Capuano will be replaced at Brevard County beginning Tuesday night by fellow Major Leaguer David Riske, who is a bit more than 11 months removed from his own Tommy John surgery.
In other Minor League pitching news, former first-round Draft pick Mark Rogers was scheduled to start for Double-A Huntsville on Tuesday. He was scratched from a start on Saturday after being struck in his right elbow by a line drive during batting practice.
“He hasn’t missed a full turn, he was just a little delayed,” Ash said.