Capuano gets his wish to start

Capuano gets his wish to start

MILWAUKEE -- Chris Capuano said he wanted to be a starter again. He didn't have to wait long.

The left-hander will replace Manny Parra in Milwaukee's starting rotation beginning Saturday and will get a series of starts as the Brewers evaluate him ahead of an interesting offseason. Capuano has had past success as a starter -- he was 18-12 with a 3.99 ERA in 2005 -- but that was long before his second Tommy John surgery.

He will be eligible for free agency this winter.

"I was hoping for a chance to start before it got too late in the year," Capuano said. "I'm excited for the opportunity."

Capuano will get "a number of starts," manager Ken Macha said. The Brewers do not currently plan to promote any starting pitchers when rosters expand on Sept. 1.

In his two starts and 15 relief appearances this season, Capuano is 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA.

"Not too much is going to change," he said. "We're just going to have to get the pitch count a little bit. The other night when I went 3 2/3 [innings in Friday's win over the Padres], getting up four times, I felt strong the whole way through. The start I had in Pittsburgh, too [on July 19], I felt good getting up and down for those five innings. I'm just hoping to go five or six my first time and build on it.

"From my perspective, one of my goals was to build up my innings and get back into the rotation at some point. I'm thankful they're giving me the opportunity."