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The Brewers have a tentative Cactus League rotation mapped out through the team’s March 24 off-day, and here’s how it looks for the six starting candidates next week:
Pitchers Chris Narveson and Cody Scarpetta agreed to terms on 2010 contracts Wednesday, leaving the Brewers with 15 players still unsigned on the 40-man roster.
Jonathan Mayo, who does a great job covering the First-Year Player Draft and the Minor Leagues for MLB.com (and MiLB.com) wrote an interesting piece about key six-year Minor League free agent signings. Brewers officials expend just as much energy scouring the list of six-year free agents as they do the more-publicized big leaguers, often to fill-out the rosters at Triple-A Nashville and Double-A Huntsville.
Every now and then, you find a gem, and Mayo discussed some of the better-known names. There are no Brewers on the list, but pitchers Chris Smith, Chris Narveson and Mike Burns all were acquired as six-year free agents and appeared pretty extensively for the Brewers in 2009.
Can anyone think of any other six-year gems in the Brewers’ recent past?
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Dave Bush will take the mound for the Brewers on Thursday in the finale of a four-game series at Wrigley Field. After that, Milwaukee’s starting rotation appears set for some changes.
The Brewers are re-visiting the idea of shutting-down right-hander Yovani Gallardo for the season, and left-hander Manny Parra remains sidelined indefinitely with a stiff neck. Chris Narveson will make a second straight start in Parra’s place on Friday, and recently-promoted prospect Josh Butler appears a strong candidate to make at least one start if the Brewers make a move with Gallardo.
“There’s a possibility there will be some jumbling, yeah,” manager Ken Macha said.
The most notable jumble would involve Gallardo, who complained of rust Tuesday night after waiting nine days between starts. It was a move by Brewers officials to limit the workload of a pitcher who missed all but four regular-season starts in 2008 because of a knee injury and has piled up innings — 180 2/3, most on the team — and pitches — 3,125, fifth-most in the National League — in 2009.
If he stays on a regular schedule, Gallardo would make three more starts this year. Now there is a chance he is done.
“Yes, we are discussing it and working our way through it,” Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said. “[Pitching coach Chris] Bosio and Ken will get their heads together and see what they want to do.”
Macha wouldn’t reveal his thinking on Wednesday.
The Brewers are also soliciting input from Gallardo’s agent, former Major League right-hander Bobby Witt, to “demonstrate that you have the long-term health of the player in mind,” Ash said. The Brewers’ medical staff will submit information to Witt and so will the team’s statistical gurus, in an effort to demonstrate that taking away Gallardo’s final three 2009 starts would not have significant implications for his bottom line in future seasons. Gallardo projects to be arbitration-eligible following next season.
“It’s not about money,” general manager Doug Melvin said. “If we were worried about money we wouldn’t have nine extra guys here with the team out of the pennant race.”
Melvin was not interested in saying much more about Gallardo’s immediate future.
“If you’re going to do anything, you talk to the player first. We haven’t talked to him yet,” Melvin said. “We’re not addressing it today. We’ll let you know if we do. But if we do it, we would talk to him first.”
The decision would probably not be popular with Gallardo. He met with Macha, Melvin and Ash earlier this month and went along with a plan to skip one start while making it clear he wanted to play out the season.
“I don’t want to be shut down. I want to finish out the year strong,” Gallardo said. “We’re trying to find ways to make that happen.”
Were he to remain on schedule, Gallardo’s next start would come Sunday against the Astros. For now, the Brewers aren’t naming a probable pitcher for that date but it could be 24-year-old Butler, one of the team’s most promising pitching prospects.
Asked whether Butler could start a game, Macha said, “That may happen. He hasn’t pitched in eight days, so we’re going to give him a couple of ‘sides’ here. … We’ve had some discussion of what to do. It will all become clearer as the days go on. It’s not etched in stone yet what we’re going to do.”
An MRI scan of Manny Parra’s neck delivered “no significant findings,” Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said, but the Brewers were poised to bring in additional reinforcements in the event Parra remains sidelined.
Mike Burns, who finished the season at Triple-A Nashville and had gone home for the winter, will rejoin the team in Friday in Milwaukee but not to take Parra’s spot in the starting rotation, Ash said. That start, against the Astros, will go to left-hander Chris Narveson.
Parra traveled back to Milwaukee on Wednesday morning for the MRI and a visit with head team physician William Raasch. The doctors are convinced that the problem in Parra’s neck, which dates to Sept. 8, when he left a start against the Cardinals after one inning, is muscular and not structural.
“He will continue physical therapy,” Ash said. “Mr. Burns will join us on Friday to make sure we have sufficient back-up.”
Burns is already on Milwaukee’s full 40-man roster.
Dave Bush’s next Brewers start, and perhaps the rest of the season, is in doubt pending a visit Friday with head team physician William Raasch to determine if the lingering discomfort in Bush’s right triceps is reason for worry.
“Something’s not quite right,” said Bush, who has allowed 13 runs over eight innings in his two starts since returning from the disabled list. “I don’t believe it’s anything serious, but I’m still trying to work through some soreness.”
Bush’s next scheduled start is Monday against the Cardinals. If he’s scratched, the Brewers might take a look at left-hander Chris Narveson, who has a 4.95 ERA in 14 relief appearances for the Brewers this season.
The troubles for Bush date to June 4, when he was struck on the back of the right upper arm by a Hanley Ramirez line drive in Florida. He worked six innings that night and then made three more starts before an MRI scan revealed microtearing of the triceps. Bush was on the disabled list for more than two months before returning to face the Reds on Aug. 27.
After he surrendered eight runs to the Cardinals on Wednesday night, he reported feeling “dull pain,” according to manager Ken Macha. Bush wonders if the sensation is being caused by scar tissue breaking up in his arm.
“We’re going to let the doctor figure that out,” Macha said. “[Bush] wants to go out there and work his way through it. We’ll see what the doctor has to say.”
Bush pitched in at least 30 games in each of his first three seasons with the Brewers but that streak will end this year. He is 3-6 with a 6.47 ERA in 17 appearances including 16 starts.
“I don’t want to put myself in a situation where I can get hurt,” he said. “As long as I’m comfortable and everyone else is comfortable that pitching through some soreness or discomfort is all right, then I’ll be fine. You have to be smart about it.
“I’ve already missed so much time, it’s hard to miss any more. The season isn’t over. I’d like to get to the point where I can go into the offseason with something positive.”
It came as no surprise on Monday when left-hander Chris Narveson cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Nashville. Narveson had the right to refuse and take his chances in free agency, but he made it clear last week that he still saw opportunity in Milwaukee.
Narveson was 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 20 relief appearances for Nashville before his promotion to Milwaukee, and he was charged with 10 runs in 10 2/3 innings in the big leagues.
In a completely unrelated roster move, I am being optioned to Ontario for the next week and a half but promise to be out of the canoe and back in the press box by the time the Brewers return to Miller Park to face the Braves.
If I’m not back in the bylines by then, send help.