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05/22/10 2:36 PM ET
Brewers forced to shuffle starter vs. Twins
By Adam McCalvy and Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Get ready for a Sunday scramble from the Brewers, who need a win against Carl Pavano and the Twins to avoid a three-game Interleague sweep.
Scheduled Milwaukee starter Manny Parra was called into duty late Saturday when the Brewers went 12 innings in their 8-7 loss to the Twins at Target Field, leaving him perhaps available for duty but not ready to start. Right-hander Marco Estrada will make his first Brewers start in Parra's place, despite throwing 21 pitches in relief Saturday while recording only one out.
"I'm going to try to go as far as I can," Estrada said. "Right now, I feel good enough to pitch [Sunday]. I'll be ready."
Milwaukee will have at least one fresh bullpen arm in left-hander Zach Braddock, who will be promoted from Triple-A Nashville in time for Sunday's series finale. Fellow lefty Mitch Stetter was optioned back to Nashville on Saturday night to clear a 25-man roster spot for Braddock, but the Brewers will have to make an additional move on Sunday morning to clear space on the 40-man roster.
Club officials did consider promoting a starting pitcher from the Minor Leagues, but logistics got in the way. Former Rangers right-hander Kameron Loe was the scheduled starter for Nashville on Saturday night but the team is in Fresno, Calif., and there were no flights available to get him to Minneapolis in time to prepare properly for Sunday's 1 p.m. CT start.
The Brewers also considered Double-A Huntsville's Amaury Rivas, the organization's reigning Minor League Player of the Year. He is already on the 40-man roster, but again, flight schedules got in the way of that move, general manager Doug Melvin said.
Parra told Brewers manager Ken Macha and pitching coach Rick Peterson that he'll be available again on Sunday. Trevor Hoffman, who has not pitched since he suffered his fifth blown save on Tuesday in Cincinnati, will also be available, Macha said.
The Twins, meanwhile, will play as expected behind right-hander Pavano, who has also been solid this season with a 4-4 record and 4.11 ERA but is coming off one of his worst starts of the season when he allowed four runs on 10 hits over just four innings against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
"I didn't really do well. I didn't make the adjustments when I needed to, and I didn't go deep in the ballgame," said Pavano, who has a 2.00 ERA in his four wins and a 6.56 ERA in his four losses.
Pavano will face a Brewers team that has lost 11 of its last 12 games and is 1-5 on its current road trip.
"It's been a little rough road trip," Estrada said. "We're making the right pitches. They're just finding holes, I guess. We're going to keep making the right pitches and things will go our way."
Brewers: Twins not angry at Gomez
Former Twin and current Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was under some heat for standing and watching his three-run home run in the eighth inning on Friday, which only made it a 15-3 ballgame. But his former teammates insisted on Saturday that they weren't angry at him despite his antics.
"That's the type of player he is. It made me mad, but I shouldn't be getting mad about that," said Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn, who surrendered the three-run blast. "We were winning the game by 15 runs, so I'm glad he kept it fair."
Twins: Hardy targeted to return Tuesday
Shortstop J.J. Hardy was eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday to face his former club but isn't expected to rejoin the lineup until Tuesday against the Yankees because his left wrist is still sore.
"We're just trying to get past the point where we can let him play and make a decision," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's a little flustered with the wrist, and he wants to get out there. We're going to see how he does throughout the day."
Brewers reliever LaTroy Hawkins is eligible to return after spending 15 days on the disabled list with right shoulder weakness but is not expected to return any time in the next few days. "From what I understand, it may be a while," Macha said. "It's a strength issue. ... So he'll see the doctor when we get home." ... The Brewers' Casey McGehee and Ryan Braun, with 37 and 30 RBIs, respectively, entered Saturday's game tied for the Major League lead in combined RBIs (67) this season. ... Twins infielder Alexi Casilla had an MRI on his sore right elbow Friday and it showed a bone spur and some loose bodies in his elbow that have caused some irritation. Casilla has been out of the starting lineup since May 16 against the Yankees.