Estrada to start Sunday; Braddock coming up

Sunday’s series finale could be a bit of a scramble for the Brewers. 

The team optioned left-hander Mitch Stetter to Triple-A Nashville after Saturday’s long loss to the Twins and recalled another left-hander, Zach Braddock, to serve as a fresh arm in the bullpen. Marco Estrada, who threw 21 pitches in relief today, will start Sunday’s series finale. Manager Ken Macha said that Manny Parra, who was originally scheduled to start Sunday, said he could also work a couple of innings of needed after he threw 29 pitches in 1 2/3 innings on Saturday in taking the loss. 

Why aren’t the Brewers bringing up a starter from Nashville? Logistics. With a 1 p.m. CT game on Sunday and the Triple-A club in Fresno, Calif., no flights were available that would get a pitcher to Minneapolis in time. 
The Brewers also considered a promotion for Double-A Huntsville’s Amaury Rivas, who already is on the 40-man roster, but again travel issues blocked the move. 
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2 Comments

What is this, a Yahoo! Sports blog? That doesn’t make any sense… Braddock as a fresh arm, and then you say there are no flights to get to Minneapolis in time? If he can get here in time, shouldn’t a guy like Cappy (who is on the exact schedule to pitch tomorrow) be coming with? Hasn’t Zach been with Nashville in Fresno or has he been sleeping in Doug Melvin’s hotel room?

I was thinking the same thing. Maybe they can get the player to MN, but Capuano would need more time to get ready or something like that. Seems strange otherwise that a reliever can fly to MN from CA faster than a starter.

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