ATLANTA -- Making his Major League debut in the state where he was born couldn't have been more convenient for Lorenzo Cain's family and friends. But the player they came to see almost didn't make it on time.
Although the rookie outfielder was just coming from Nashville, he didn't arrive until the Brewers' game with the Braves was well under way on Friday night.
"My flight was delayed about two hours," Cain said. "I probably got here in the third or fourth inning, something like that."
But the 24-year-old right-handed hitter didn't have to wait long once he got to Turner Field before getting in. He pinch-hit in the ninth inning of the Brewers' 9-3 victory and almost had an extra-base hit in his first at-bat, but left fielder Matt Diaz made a diving catch to rob him.
"I'm more than excited to be here," Cain said. "I'm trying to make my stay as long as possible."
Cain was born in Valdosta, Ga., and grew up just across the Florida line in Madison County. He was 17th-round Draft choice by the Brewers in 2004 out of Tallahassee Community College.
Having his home just a four-hour drive from Atlanta meant Cain had plenty of support at Turner Field. One of his high school coaches made it in time for Friday's game and his family was out in force by Saturday.
"It's exciting to have them be able to see me at this level," Cain said. "I'll have to check to see if I can get everybody on the pass list."
Cain was brought to Milwaukee the week before the All-Star break, but wasn't activated. Instead, he returned to Triple-A.
"You just have to continue playing and wait for your time," he said.
When the call came again, Cain was glad it was for real. But he didn't know what to think at first when he heard from Nashville manager Don Money.
"I wasn't certain," admitted Cain. "I said, 'Now don't play with me.'"
Gallardo set to return on Thursday vs. Pirates
ATLANTA -- Experiencing no further problems with his side, Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to return to the Brewers' rotation on Thursday for the final game of a four-game series at Pittsburgh.
Gallardo, who strained his left oblique pitching against the Cardinals on July 4, is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday. But manager Ken Macha said he wanted to split left-handed starters, which would also give Gallardo an extra day or so of rest.
Right-hander Dave Bush will pitch Tuesday in Pittsburgh, followed by left-hander Randy Wolf on Wednesday. The starter for Friday's series opener in Milwaukee against the Nationals hasn't been announced, but it will either be Chris Narveson or Manny Parra, both lefties.
Gallardo, 8-4 with a 2.58 ERA, threw on Thursday and followed that up with a full bullpen side session of 45 pitches on Saturday. "He threw all his pitches," Macha said.
"I've been feeling fine. No problems," Gallardo said.
The right-hander is scheduled to throw another bullpen session in Pittsburgh and also take swings in batting practice before facing the Pirates on Thursday.
The strained oblique forced Gallardo to miss pitching in the All-Star Game, although he did make the trip to Anaheim.
Gallardo, 24, was 13-12 with a 3.73 ERA last year and has been even better this season. The native of Mexico has pitched two complete games, has struck out 122 in 111 2/3 innings and opponents are batting .224 against him.
Capuano focused, ready for start on Monday
ATLANTA -- Chris Capuano doesn't want to overplay his start Monday in Pittsburgh. "It's not like, 'Hey, Cappy, you're back in the rotation,'" the veteran left-hander said. "I know I'm filling in."
But after two Tommy John surgeries, any start is significant for Capuano, who won 18 games for the Brewers in 2005. He has made just one other Major League start since 2007 and that was another spot assignment for the Brewers on June 3.
Capuano, 31, has made seven relief appearances since that start, the longest being only 1 1/3 innings.
"One thing I've learned from being in the 'pen is to be ready every day," Capuano said. "I'm going to approach [the start] the same way. I'm not going to try to make it something different or something bigger out of it."
Capuano took a 3-2 loss in his start at Florida, giving up all the runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Capuano had gone as long as eight innings for Triple-A Nashville prior to that start. His arm is not longer as built up as then, though.
"I'm hoping we get four innings out of him and 60-65 pitches," said Brewers manager Ken Macha said when asked how long he expected Capuano to go on Monday.
Capuano is filling in for left-hander Doug Davis, who went back on the disabled list because of tendinitis in his pitching elbow.
"I've felt good every day throwing and when I've got into games I feel like my command has gotten a little better and my velocity has gotten a little better over this past month," Capuano said.
Guy Curtright is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.