Davis' injury leaves void in starting rotation

Davis' injury leaves void in starting rotation

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers officials were not ready Sunday to reveal how they will fill Doug Davis' spot in the starting rotation, after Davis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation of the membrane surrounding his heart.

Davis' ailment is treatable with anti-inflammatory medication, and general manager Doug Melvin said the hope is that Davis would be back "in a couple of weeks." Dave Bush was able to fill-in for Davis on regular rest Sunday, and Yovani Gallardo will also be on regular rest when he pitches Monday against the Reds in Cincinnati.

On Tuesday, the Brewers will need someone new.

"The next two days are going to dictate that," manager Ken Macha said Sunday afternoon.

That comment seemed to indicate that the Brewers intend to use an in-house option, but are not ready to say so because that pitcher may be needed in relief Sunday or Monday. Those options include right-hander Jeff Suppan, who made two starts this season before he was shifted to a long-relief role, and left-hander Manny Parra, who has pitched in relief since the start of the regular season and is not stretched out to start.

Or, the Brewers could promote a starter from Triple-A Nashville. The Sounds' Opening Day starter, Kameron Loe, was rained out Sunday and is tentatively scheduled to pitch Game 1 of a doubleheader on Monday. Loe is 4-1 with a 2.44 ERA, and if he is bumped again, it would be an indication that he's under consideration by the Brewers.

Tuesday's scheduled starter for Nashville is former Major Leaguer Chris Capuano, but the Brewers intend to leave Capuano in the Minor Leagues for an extended period of time as he continues his comeback from a second Tommy John elbow surgery. Wednesday's scheduled starter is right-hander Marco Estrada, who is 1-2 with a 3.15 ERA.

Macha has Randy Wolf scheduled to start Wednesday against the Pirates, but said the Brewers were also undecided about Thursday. It's Chris Narveson's turn in the rotation, but the team might give Narveson an extra day of rest after he threw a career-high 130 pitches in 5 2/3 innings during Saturday's loss to the Phillies.