DENVER -- Brewers manager Ken Macha will tinker with his starting rotation next week to avoid pitching right-hander Dave Bush against the Minnesota Twins, but Macha disputed the notion that Bush is being "bumped."
"I think 'bumped' has a negative connotation," Macha said. "What we're trying to do is get everybody in a position where they have the highest likelihood of succeeding."
Instead of taking his regular turn in the rotation on Tuesday, when the Brewers begin a nine-game homestand and a three-game series against Minnesota, Bush will pitch three days later, on Friday, June 25, against the Mariners. Entering Friday, Seattle hitters were batting .235 against right-handed pitchers.
The Twins, meanwhile, have given Bush fits. On June 21 at Target Field, Bush allowed seven runs, six hits and two walks while recording only one out in the worst start by a Brewers pitcher in four years. In seven career starts against the Twins, Bush is 1-6 with a 5.95 ERA. Take away the May 21 game, and Bush is 1-5 against Minnesota with a 4.38 ERA.
Instead, Macha will start Chris Narveson, Manny Parra and Yovani Gallardo in the Minnesota series.