05/31/10 9:18 PM ET
Loe on his way to the Majors
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Capuano set for long-awaited return to Majors
MIAMI -- Left-hander Chris Capuano will officially reach the end of his long road back to the Brewers on Thursday, when he's scheduled to start the finale of a four-game series against the Marlins.Brewers manager Ken Macha made that announcement on Monday and said fellow left-hander Manny Parra would shift back to a bullpen role. It will be Capuano's first Major League appearance since Sept. 28, 2007. He missed the following season and most of 2009 after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery. "The opinion of our people that have worked with him, they feel like you're going to get the most out of him by putting him in the rotation," Macha said. "They were extremely complimentary of his preparation, of the routine he went through to get ready for every start. "As an organization, we have put a lot of energy into getting him back. He's done the same thing on his side, probably more so from his side. I think it's worth everybody's while to go out and see how he does." Capuano's return gives him a chance to put to rest a nasty streak. Since a May 17, 2007, win over the Nationals in which Capuano worked eight scoreless innings, the Brewers are 0-22 when he has pitched. Capuano is 0-12 with a 6.08 ERA in that span, which includes 18 starts and four relief appearances. Capuano was fighting for a spot in Milwaukee's starting rotation in March 2008 when he suffered a recurrence of the elbow injury that first required surgery in 2002. He had another Tommy John procedure that May. In seven Minor League starts this season, Capuano is 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA. The Brewers promoted him Saturday to avoid Capuano exercising an "out" clause in his Minor League contract.
Parra back to 'pen to make room for Capuano
MIAMI -- Chris Capuano's feel-good ascent back to the Major Leagues has a flip side. Manny Parra has once again been bounced from the Brewers' starting rotation.The potential-rich left-hander didn't pitch past the fourth inning of either of his two starts and will return to the long-relief role in which he began the season. Capuano will take Parra's place in the rotation beginning Thursday. "I know that myself and Doug [Melvin, Milwaukee's general manager], we still have high hopes for Manny to step up and step forward," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "I don't know [Rockies left-hander Jorge] De La Rosa, but Doug always points that out -- a guy who was underperforming, had great stuff and all of a sudden is lights out. I don't know when that switch gets turned on." De La Rosa was slow to develop for the Brewers, so they traded him to the Royals in 2006. The Royals subsequently traded him to Colorado, where De La Rosa is 26-18 with a 4.55 ERA in parts of the past three seasons. With that experience in mind, Melvin has been exceedingly patient with Parra, who is now out of Minor League options. The hurler is 1-3 with a 4.07 ERA this season after going 11-11 with a 6.36 ERA last year. "I think he's going to start again," Melvin said. "I can't say for sure. We'll see who steps up." Parra could always be traded if another team is willing to take a chance on him as a starter. He has been the subject of trade rumors before, but Melvin has been hesitant to part with valuable affordable pitching. The Brewers face some difficult roster decisions in the coming days. They have already cut ties with one veteran, Claudio Vargas, who was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for Capuano. Now the team will have to make another move on Tuesday to activate right-hander Kameron Loe, who is set to join the club from Triple-A Nashville. Reliever David Riske will reach the end of a Minor League rehab assignment in the next 10 days. Left-handed starter Doug Davis, meanwhile, remains on the 15-day disabled list recovering from a chest condition.
Edmonds activated from disabled list
MIAMI -- The Brewers activated outfielder Jim Edmonds from the 15-day disabled list after Monday's 13-5 loss to the Marlins and optioned the well-traveled Adam Stern back to Triple-A Nashville.Edmonds was placed on the disabled list with a strained left rib-cage muscle on May 18, but the move was retroactive to May 16, meaning Monday marked the first date he was eligible to return. With a day game against a left-hander -- Florida's Nate Robertson -- it made some sense for the Brewers to keep Stern for one more game on the bench. "But I'm feeling good," Edmonds said. "I'll be ready to go." Stern was called into manager Ken Macha's office on Monday morning to get the news. He's been through that drill before, with three promotions -- and three subsequent demotions -- since May 11.
Edmonds' return was good news, but the injuries keep piling up for the Brewers. Macha revealed on Monday that infielder Craig Counsell has been limited to pinch-hitting duty by a minor quadriceps injury, and utility man Joe Inglett is still getting treatment for a sprained left ankle that has prevented him from playing in the field or running the bases.The pitching is banged up, too. During batting practice on Monday, reliever Todd Coffey went to the trainer's room for treatment on a sore right thumb he apparently suffered during an at-bat on Saturday night. He was not available to pitch Monday against the Marlins, Macha said after the Brewers' loss.
Brewers manager Ken Macha met Monday morning with pitcher Randy Wolf and rookie catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who have had trouble getting on the same page during their two games together. Wolf uses a complicated set of signs with runners on base, but Macha would like to reserve his slightly more experienced catcher, George Kottaras, for the Brewers' less-experienced pitchers. "We're trying to iron this stuff out," Macha said. "I can't have George catch every game." Asked whether Lucroy would continue to handle Wolf's outings, Macha said, "I would like that to happen, but if it can't, then we'll figure something else out." ... The Brewers reinstated right-hander Josh Butler from the Major League 15-day disabled list on Monday and optioned him to Double-A Huntsville. Butler finished his rehabilitation assignment on Sunday with four scoreless innings in Huntsville's 6-5 win over Birmingham. Another right-hander, Amaury Rivas, was placed on Huntsville's seven-day DL, retroactive to Sunday, with what general manager Doug Melvin termed tenderness near his elbow. Melvin said the organization did not believe the injury was serious and that Rivas could miss just one start. Rivas is Milwaukee's reigning Minor League Pitcher of the Year. ... Prince Fielder batted third for the third time on Monday, once again against a left-handed starting pitcher. ... Bench coach Willie Randolph is not with the team this week because of a death in the family.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.