For the third straight season, the Brewers are removing left-hander Manny Parra from the starting rotation.
The team bumped Parra to the bullpen beginning Wednesday night, and fellow lefty Chris Capuano will assume Parra’s spot in the rotation starting Saturday against the Pirates. Capuano, who made a comeback this season from his second Tommy John elbow surgery, had been pitching in relief since a July 19 start — and win — against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
“He deserves a chance to get out there and get a few starts in him,” manager Ken Macha said. “We’ll see how he’s coming along with his track back to being a starting pitcher.
“Manny, he’s had his problems a little later in the game for the most part. That’s just a hurdle he’s going to have to get over if he’s going to be a starting pitcher.”
Asked whether he still viewed Parra’s future as a starting pitcher, Macha said, “We’ll see how he does out of the bullpen.”
Both pitchers face offseason question marks. Capuano is a free agent and has made it clear he’d like to be a starter. Parra is eligible for arbitration for the first time.