Capuano set for long-awaited return to Majors

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.