Disabled Brewers left-hander Doug Davis will not return to active duty before the end of the season, general manager Doug Melvin said Friday.
Davis, on the disabled list since July 16 with left elbow tendonitis, was hoping to use the final two weeks of the regular season as a springboard to a job in 2011. He expected to return to the Brewers on Friday after a stint at the team’s year-round facility in Phoenix this week.
That plan changed after a meeting between Davis and Melvin.
“I met with him and told him we weren’t going to be able to pitch him,” Melvin said.
The Brewers will instead use the final two-plus weeks of the regular season to evaluate other pitchers. The club is expected to decline its half of Davis’ $6.5 million mutual option for 2011 and pay a $1 million buyout instead.
Davis did not necessarily have a setback in his recovery from the elbow issue, Melvin said, but never advanced to the point at which he could return to action. Now he will get a second opinion on his balky elbow.
Injuries derailed Davis’ return to the Brewers, where he was a fixture of the starting rotation from the second half of 2003 through the end of 2006, when he was traded to Arizona. He struggled to start 2010, then landed on the disabled list May 16 with pericarditis, a painful swelling of tissue around the heart.
That ailment sidelined Davis until July 9, when he made one start against the Pirates before the All-Star break. Davis returned to the DL with the elbow injury before the team began second half play.