Davis likely to start against Giants
MILWAUKEE — At least one Brewers pitcher likely will not make their regularly scheduled start in the next homestand, manager Ken Macha said Tuesday.
If everything goes according to plan in his rehab start Wednesday for Class A Wisconsin, lefty Doug Davis will return to the rotation sometime during the Brewers’ four-game series with the Giants.
Macha does not expect to use a six-man rotation, which means one Brewers starter — not named Yovani Gallardo — will be bumped from a start in the San Francisco series.
“Yeah, unless we have two guys throwing at the same time,” Macha said when asked if another starter would come out of the rotation. “Six, I don’t think that’s going to happen. If we do six, then that pops somebody out at the other end over the last three days there.”
Without Davis’ return, the Brewers’ probable pitchers for the Giants series would be Dave Bush, Randy Wolf, Chris Narveson and Manny Parra. As Davis’ rehab start falls on Wednesday, his next outing on regular rest would coincide with that of Bush.
While Davis is anxious to return to the rotation, he understands it will force out another starter, something he is not anxious to do.
“They’re going to have to cut ties with somebody with me coming back,” Davis said. “I hate to see anybody leave and get sent down or whatever it is because of me.
I know it’s part of the game, but if we’re winning I have no reason to say, ‘I can come in and do better than this guy.’ With the way we’ve been playing and the way they’ve been pitching, I can’t.”
At the same time, the success of the rest of the pitching staff only makes Davis want to get out on the mound that much sooner.
“There’s only so much you can do on the DL to help your team win,” Davis said. “Just to get back out there and get on the mound and actually contribute to a winning ballclub is something that you really can’t replace ever on the DL.”
— Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter