When Dave Bush pitches next at Miller Park, what uniform will be wearing?
Consider it a question for the offseason, because barring an injury to one of his teammates Bush is finished for the home portion of the Brewers’ schedule. He took the loss against the Reds on Tuesday after allowing four runs, two earned, in 5 1/3 innings.
Bush is not Andy Pettitte to the Yankees. He’s not Carlos Zambrano to the Cubs or Ben Sheets (was) to the Brewers. But consider how relatively rare it is for a starter to spend five years in a rotation and that Bush, with 143 Brewers starts, is 12th on the franchise’s all-time leaderboard. Chris Carpenter has made only 15 more St. Louis starts than Bush has made for Milwaukee.
“I’ve thought about it the last couple of days, not really in the front of my mind, but in the back of it,” Bush said of the potential end to his Brewers tenure. “I don’t know if it’s a sad day, so to speak, but I did think at the end of the game that it could be the last time that I pitch here in this uniform.”
Bush fell to 7-13 this season but is 28-27 in his career at Miller Park. The Brewers plan to add right-handed pitching prospect Mark Rogers to the rotation beginning Friday, pushing Bush from Sunday’s home-season finale to Monday’s series opener in New York. Depending on how the team juggles its starters over that final road trip, Bush’s next start could be his last of the season.
Bush’s arrival from Toronto — he came along with pitcher Zach Jackson and outfielder Gabe Gross for popular first baseman Lyle Overbay and pitcher Ty Taubenheim — opened a permanent spot in the Major Leagues for Prince Fielder.
What does he see in his future?
“We’ll wait and see. There’s no hurry at this point,” Bush said. “All options are open. I don’t have anything planned or anything set in stone, other than to see what happens. This is my first time through it. I’m not really sure what the offers will be, but I guess I’m a little curious to find out.”