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Davis has swelling around heart

Brewers pitcher Doug Davis was scratched from his Sunday start and placed on the 15-day disabled list with a heart condition called pericarditis, an acute inflammation of the lining around the heart. He is being treated with anti-inflammatory medication and the situation is not life-threatening. 

Davis woke up in the wee hours of Saturday morning with discomfort in his chest and, after heartburn medication had no effect, went to the emergency room at Milwaukee’s Frodtert Hospital. He underwent an EKG scan and was seen by Dr. Jim Kleczka, the same specialist who has been working with Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker in recent weeks.
Of Davis’ condition, Kleczka said, “It can cause pretty intense pain. Fortunately, it’s easily treatable with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, something as simple as ibuprofen can take care of it. Typically, you have to treat for at least 15 days, regardless of symptoms.”
Adam Stern, optioned back to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday, was quickly recalled to take Davis’ spot on the active roster. 
Davis spent Saturday night at home and reported feeling much better on Sunday. He will not travel with the Brewers on their weeklong road trip that begins Monday night in Cincinnati. 
At first, Davis worried he was having a heart attack. Instead, he has a condition that is caused by a virus like the common cold. 
“Bad luck,” Kleczka said. “A lot of people have colds and don’t end up with this. It’s very intense when you get it. It makes you want to sit up and you can’t breathe. Fortunately, it is very easily treated.” 
Asked whether pericarditis can be life-threatening, Kleczka said, “It can be. There are different degrees of it. Fortunately, this thus far appears to be a mild case. We’ve done testing and his heart looks great. He’s in great shape here, so we don’t see signs that this could be something bad.” 
Davis, 1-4 on the season with a 7.56 ERA, was set to make his eighth start of the season in pursuit of his second win of the year, as the Brewers look to snap a seven-game home losing streak. 
The 34-year-old has been through a public health issue before. In March 2008, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer but was determined to be cancer-free six weeks later and returned to pitch for the Arizona Diamondbacks soon thereafter. 
“They seem to have found what it was so we’ll just take our time,” Davis said of his current setback. “It’s nothing to rush through. The worst thing that could happen is me try to go out there to pitch and end up going on one knee and calling Roger [Caplinger, the team’s head athletic trainer] out. We don’t want that to happen, so I’m going to take it day by day.” 
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Kottaras, Hart back in lineup

With lefties taking the mound on both sides, Jim Edmonds and Gregg Zaun will take a seat tonight in favor of Corey Hart and George Kottaras in right field and at catcher, respectively.

The right-handed Hart gets the nod over Edmonds, a lefty, with left-handed pitcher Ted Lilly making his 2010 debut for the Cubs tonight. Kottaras will start behind the plate for the Brewers to catch Brewers lefty Doug Davis.
Here’s the lineup:
Rickie Weeks   2B
Carlos Gomez   CF
Ryan Braun   LF
Prince Fielder   1B
Casey McGehee   3B
Corey Hart   RF
Alcides Escobar   SS
George Kottaras   C
Doug Davis   LHP
— Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter


Davis on Wrigley opener: 'Going to be ugly'

Doug Davis is expecting a raucous crowd to greet him at Wrigley Field on Monday for the Cubs’ home opener. He’s looking forward to it. 
“It’s going to be ugly,” Davis said. “I have a Chicago friend who wants to pick up my wife at 6 a.m. to do Opening Day ‘the right way.’ I’m guessing it’s going to be a fun atmosphere there. 
“I’m excited about it. There’s nothing better than making a home crowd quiet.” 
Davis has some home opener experience. In 2005, during his first run with the Brewers, he started Milwaukee’s home opener against the Pirates and notched the win after allowing two runs in seven innings. The Brewers opened the 2006 season at home against the Pirates and Davis got the nod in place of an injured Ben Sheets, and settled for a no-decision this time after allowing two runs in six innings. 
The following season, after a trade to Arizona, Davis started the D-backs’ home opener against the Reds. Again, he limited the damage to two runs in six innings and took a no-decision. 
Davis found a way to keep his adrenaline in check in those outings but struggled to do so on Wednesday, when he started the Brewers’ third game of the season against the Rockies. Davis endured an awful first inning in which he threw 40 pitches, allowed three runs and walked off the mound thankful it wasn’t worse. 
He said he was too “amped up” for his season debut. 
“When I was warming up, I didn’t miss a spot,” Davis said. “I was just on fire. I thought I could take that out on the mound but I was throwing way too hard. I tried to slow things down and struggled to do it.”
He adjusted, and ended up working into the fifth inning. He’s hoping to not need such an adjustment on Monday. 
“It’s going to be the same thing,” Davis said. “I think going through it once kind of broke that down. I can’t pitch like that, I have to slow things down, get ahead of hitters and pitch to contact.”
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Brewers get first look at Reds' Chapman

AP100220162554.jpgThe Brewers got their first look Wednesday at what’s behind the Aroldis Chapman hype. 

Rickie Weeks greeted the Cincinnati Reds’ hard-throwing Cuban import with a leadoff home run but Chapman was otherwise tough on Milwaukee’s hitters, allowing no more runs or hits and notching five strikeouts in three innings of work in his first Spring Training start. 
“It’s very funky,” said Brewers outfielder Corey Hart, who struck out swinging at a 97 mph fastball to end the first inning. “Everything he threw was moving. Nothing was the same.”
Said Brewers starter Doug Davis, who proudly made contact on a second-inning groundout: “It was fast. It got on you quick. There were a lot of arms and legs coming at you, and the ball was pretty much halfway there before he let it go. It wasn’t really heavy though, like I thought it was going to be.”

And according to Weeks, who followed his first-inning homer with a third-inning walk, Chapman was clearly having trouble locating his off-speed pitches. 
“Of course he has life on his fastball, and I saw a slider and change-up from him and I don’t think he was able to get the off-speed over for strikes a lot,” Weeks said. “You know me, I don’t really pay attention [to the hype]. He’s a pitcher. He’s going out and doing his job. The hype about him? The guy throws 100 mph, so what do you expect?”
“How old is he?” asked Davis, who was informed that Chapman is listed as 22. “Oh, jeez. He’s going to be one of the greats if he stays healthy.”
Davis bested the Cuban on Wednesday, holding the Reds scoreless on three hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out three.
His work on a two-seam fastball, a sinking pitch designed to be tough on left-handed hitters, has not progressed as well as Davis has liked so he’s focusing instead on refining his usual repertoire of four-seam fastballs and cut fastballs. 
“I threw one [sinker] today and I threw it in the ground, almost hit the umpire,” Davis said. “I’m just not comfortable with it yet.”
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Brewers-Reds rained out (updated)

The Brewers are Reds will have to wait for their first Cactus League showdown. 
The Brewers-Reds game scheduled for Sunday was rained out by a storm that dropped steady rain throughout greater Phoenix and led to cancellations throughout the area. The Brewers announced that there would be no refunds, but that fans could use their ticket for any future game at Maryvale Baseball Park this year or in future years. Fans are encouraged to exchange those tickets in advance of their game of choice. 
Doug Davis was supposed to make his spring debut for the Brewers but the rain forced him to the covered bullpen for a two-inning simulated game instead. Bronson Arroyo was to start for the Reds but he was bumped to Monday’s game against the Royals in Goodyear.
Weather permitting, the Brewers will be back in action on Monday at Maryvale Baseball Park for a game against the Mariners. Dave Bush and Manny Parra are both slated to pitch for Milwaukee, and Parra will get the start after winning a coin flip. The teams have agreed to use the designated hitter for the game even though it’s being played in a National League ballpark. 
To make sure the pitchers scheduled to work Sunday get their innings, the Brewers and Reds scheduled a 11:30 a.m. ET “B” game at Cincinnati’s new Spring Training home in Goodyear. Highly-touted Cuban import Adrolis Chapman will start that game for Cincinnati, and the Brewers’ pitchers scheduled to work include last year’s first-round Draft pick, Eric Arnett, plus John Axford, Zach Braddock, Tim Dillard, Scott Schoeneweis and Chris Smith.
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Game day?

Maryvale Baseball Park is in wait and see mode this morning while rain falls in Phoenix. What is it about rainy weekends this spring?

The weather forced the Brewers to move their morning stretch into the covered batting cages, and manager Ken Macha and pitching coach Rick Peterson are making contingency plans should the game be washed out. Macha met with with reporters in his office and here’s what’s happening in camp:
The most important thing, Macha said, was keeping scheduled starter Doug Davis on schedule. He is to make his Brewers debut today against the Reds, and should Mother Nature intervene Davis would instead throw a two-inning simulated game. The Brewers have covered bullpen for these contingencies.
Peterson would have to do some shuffling with the relievers scheduled to follow Davis. They are Todd Coffey, John Axford, Zach Braddock and Scott Schoeneweis. 
Here’s the lineup posted this morning:

Alcides Escobar  SS

Jody Gerut  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Jim Edmonds  CF
Mat Gamel  3B
Gregg Zaun  C
Hernan Iribarren  2B
Doug Davis  LHP
Gamel would make his first Cactus League appearance. He complained of a sore right shoulder the other day but was back at full strength on Saturday. 
Outfielder Trent Oeltjen said he was relieved that the x-rays on his bruised left wrist came back negative on Saturday. Oeltjen was supposed to participate in outfield drills Sunday before the rain dashed those plans, but he won’t resume swinging the bat until Monday. 
As of Sunday morning, Macha was not ready to name his starting pitcher for Monday’s game against the Mariners at Maryvale Baseball Park. Right-hander Dave Bush and left-hander Manny Parra are each scheduled for two innings.
“We haven’t decided [who will go first],” Macha said. “Rick and I are going to talk about it and then we’ll tell one of them. We don’t want anybody to read anything into anything.”
Macha will not face the same conundrum next time. Bush and Parra are lined up to pitch again on Saturday, March 13, when the Brewers have split-squad games against the Rockies at Maryvale and against the White Sox in Glendale. 
Is Macha trying to downplay the competition?
“Why put so much pressure on the guy like that?” Macha said. “Just go out and pitch good, that’s all.”
Macha was still singing left-hander Chris Capuano’s praises on Sunday, a day after Capuano pitched his first Major League game in nearly two years. He continues to mention Capuano as a legitimate candidate for the Opening Day roster. 
Jim Edmonds made Macha chuckle the other day. 
“I asked him if he had a first baseman’s mitt because it would be nice to have a backup first baseman on the roster,” Macha said. “He says, ‘When you watch me run these balls down in center field, you’re going to like what you see out there.’ 
“I told him I’ve already seen that. I don’t know if you’ve seen this, but he came up with the Angels when I was there [as a coach]. He was a brash rookie then, and not a whole lot has changed. Just take the rookie out of there. That’s good. You want guys to have that type of feeling about themselves.”
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Spring rotation set

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:

Wed., March 3 intrasquad game: Dave Bush and Manny Parra
Thurs., March 4 at Giants: Jeff Suppan
Fri., March 5 at A’s: Yovani Gallardo
Sat., March 6 split-squads vs. Giants and at Rockies: Randy Wolf and Chris Narveson 
Sun., March 7 vs. Reds: Doug Davis
There is wiggle-room built in to allow for some adjustments later in March, but you can start to make some educated guesses about how things will line up. An every-five-day schedule plus one extra day of rest would take Gallardo right to the Brewers’ April 5 regular-season opener against the Rockies, followed by Wolf and Davis in that series. There is an off-day on the calendar for April 8, so Suppan might be lined up for April 9 against the Cubs. 
The operative phrase here is tentative, because bumps and bruises, split-squads and B-games, almost certainly will prompt some adjustments along the way. The Brewers plan to have an open competition, especially for the final two spots between Bush, Narveson, Parra and Suppan. 
The first few innings of that March 5 game against Oakland could be interesting. It’s Gallardo’s debut, and he is scheduled to face former Brewer Ben Sheets. 
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Davis deal is official

Doug Davis didn’t get his proper introduction at Miller Park, but he did get something more important: A done deal with the Brewers. 
Davis was supposed to travel to Milwaukee on Thursday night for a Friday morning physical exam but his flight was canceled. So he underwent the procedure later in the day instead, finalizing a one-year contract that guarantees $5.25 million and might just cap the Brewers’ major offseason wheeling and dealing.  
The Brewers announced the signing late in the afternoon and included a statement from general manager Doug Melvin
“Doug Davis has been a very durable pitcher throughout his career,” Melvin said. “His ability to produce quality starts gives our club a chance to win each time he takes the mound.”  
With Davis and fellow free agent acquisition Randy Wolf in tow, the Brewers have six established starting pitchers. Young right-hander Yovani Gallardo and lefties Wolf and Davis figure to fill the first three spots in the rotation, leaving right-handers Dave Bush and Jeff Suppan and left-hander Manny Parra to vie for the other two spots.  
Barring an injury to one of those six pitchers, of course, Melvin and manager Ken Macha could face some tough calls. Parra has been maddeningly inconsistent in his two full seasons with the Brewers, but he is only 27 years old, is out of Minor League options and would almost certainly be lost to the waiver wire if he’s exposed to it. Club officials are trying to be more patient with Parra than they were with Jorge De La Rosa, who was traded to Royals in 2006 and has since become a solid member of the Rockies’ rotation. 
Bush and Suppan are both coming off injury-plagued 2009 seasons. Financial considerations could come into play; Suppan is entering the final season of a four-year contract that guarantees $12.5 million in 2010, while Bush is arbitration-eligible this winter. He’s likely to earn $4.2-$4.3 million next season, but since arbitration contracts aren’t guaranteed the Brewers could release Bush in Spring Training and owe just a fraction of that salary.  
Here’s another option: Bump someone to the bullpen. But even that could be tricky depending on performances in Spring Training, since six spots are already spoken for by closer Trevor Hoffman, setup men Todd Coffey and LaTroy Hawkins, left-hander Mitch Stetter and right-hander Claudio Vargas and Carlos Villanueva. That leaves one opening for a large field of competitors including, if he’s ready, David Riske, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June and is guaranteed $4.5 million in 2010.  
Davis, meanwhile, gets a $4.25 million base salary in 2010 and his contract calls for a $6.5 million mutual option in 2011. If the club declines its half of the option, Davis gets a $1 million buyout. He can also earn $1 million in what a source calls “makeable” incentives in each season of the deal.  
All told, if Davis pitches both seasons for the Brewers and hits all of his incentives, he could earn $12.75 million.  
It’s Davis’ second stint with the Brewers. He revived his career in Milwaukee in 2003, a strange season split between the Rangers, Blue Jays and Brewers. All told, Davis was 37-36 with a 3.92 ERA in parts of four seasons with the Brewers before a November 2006 trade to Arizona, where he went 28-34 with a 4.22 ERA from 2007-2009. 
Along the way he remained durable, logging at least 33 starts and 192 innings in five of the past six seasons. The exception was 2008, when Davis missed the start of the season to get treatment for thyroid cancer. 
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Brewers bring back Davis

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said way back in October that he wanted to add two established starting pitchers this winter. On Wednesday, he landed the second of two.  
With Randy Wolf already in tow, the Brewers agreed to terms with left-hander Doug Davis on a one-year contract that includes a mutual option for 2011, a baseball source said. The deal guarantees Davis $5.25 million and could pay up to $12.75 million if the option is exercised and Davis reaches all of his incentives.  
The contract won’t be official until Davis passes a physical. Until that final step, Melvin could not confirm that he had a deal in place.  
“We don’t have anything finalized yet,” Melvin said Wednesday afternoon, “but I guess we’re getting close.”
Davis pitched for the Brewers from 2003-2006 before he was traded to Arizona. He will earn a $4.25 million base salary in 2010, and the mutual option calls for a $6.5 million salary in 2011 or a $1 million buyout. Davis also can earn $1 million in what the source termed “makeable” incentives in each season of the deal, based on games, starts and innings pitched.  
The lefty turned 34 in September after going 9-14 with a 4.12 ERA for the D-backs in 2009. He joins fellow newcomer Wolf in a rotation that suddenly has six established arms for five spots: Dave Bush, Davis, Yovani Gallardo, Manny Parra, Jeff Suppan and Wolf. Davis, Parra and Wolf are all left-handed.  
Barring an injury before the start of the season, one of those six pitchers will have to bump to the bullpen or be let go.  
“Players help us make those decisions,” Melvin said.   
Melvin made starting pitching a priority after Brewers starters finished last in the National League last season with a 5.37 ERA.  
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Melvin mulling how Davis would fit

Brewers GM Doug Melvin confirmed that he had spoken this week with agent Steve Canter about former Brewers left-hander Doug Davis, a free agent who has some interest in returning to Milwaukee. 
“He’s interested. I’m just not sure we’re going to add anybody at this point,” Melvin said. “We could give opportunities to guys we have, and — this is the big thing — keep our flexibility [to add a pitcher later].” 
Flexibility has been Melvin’s buzzword this winter. He acquired left-hander Randy Wolf at the Winter Meetings and, as the roster stands today, could field a starting rotation led by Wolf and right-hander Yovani Gallardo followed by some combination of Dave Bush, Jeff Suppan and Manny Parra. Melvin mentioned left-hander Chris Narveson and nonroster righty Kameron Loe among those who would get an opportunity to knock one of those incumbents out. 
Davis has been extremely consistent in recent seasons, logging at least 33 starts in five of six seasons since finding a home with the Brewers at the end of 2003. He was 37-36 with a 3.92 ERA in parts of four years with the Brewers before Melvin traded Davis to Arizona in November 2006. In 2009, Davis posted a 4.12 ERA for the D-backs. 
But “there are issues there,” Melvin said, meaning roster management issues. Melvin said that adding a pitcher would mean you have four pitchers — the newcomer, Parra, Suppan and Narveson — for two spots in the rotation. Parra and Narveson are out of Minor League options. Suppan is in the final season of a multi-year contract, so his $12.5 million salary is guaranteed. Then there is Bush, who has options left but owns enough Major League service time to refuse an optional assignment and elect free agency.  
“It’s not like you could keep two and option the other two out,” Melvin said. “You would probably lose them. Are you willing to do that? That’s the question we have to ask ourselves.” 
Melvin asked that and other questions this week, when he gathered his staffers in Phoenix for a pitching symposium. Melvin deemed the meeting a success but did not have any drastic changes to announce. The team will continue its pitching tandems at Class A Wisconsin and the rookie levels, in which two starters piggyback each other every fifth day. The group also addressed conditioning and workload issues.
“Any time you get this many people together it’s always productive,” he said. “It’s hard to get all of these people — the doctors, the trainers, coaches, front office staff — together in the same place. The No. 1 goal is to develop starting pitching.”
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