Dave Bush said his removal from the starting rotation, at least for Sunday’s game in St. Louis, has nothing to do with the blister that developed on his right middle finger a couple of starts ago. He was simply told Thursday afternoon by manager Ken Macha and pitching coach Rick Peterson that he would not be starting against the Cardinals.
Left-hander Manny Parra will get that assignment instead.
“The blister has absolutely nothing to do with it. I don’t know what the rationale is,” Bush said. “They didn’t even ask about my blister. It didn’t come up, it’s not an issue and it didn’t affect me the other day [when Bush pitched six innings against the Marlins]. I don’t really know what’s going on.”
Is he upset?
“I don’t get upset a lot, so I would say no,” he said. “But I don’t have any idea what’s going on. It was sort of vague as an explanation, so I’m hanging in limbo right now other than knowing I won’t be pitching Sunday.”
Manager Ken Macha is meeting with reporters in a few minutes. Here are some numbers in the meantime: Bush is 2-6 with a 6.45 ERA in nine career starts against St. Louis including 0-3 with a 10.57 ERA at Busch Stadium. Parra is 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 12 games, including 10 starts, against the Cardinals and is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA in five starts at Busch Stadium.
This season, the Cardinals are batting .243 with a .674 OPS against left-handed pitchers and .272 with a .782 OPS against righties.