MILWAUKEE -- Brewers general manager Doug Melvin is reserving judgment on left-hander Manny Parra's future with the team until he sees how Parra performs out of the bullpen. The Brewers bumped Parra from the starting rotation on Wednesday for the third straight season. Parra is 0-5 with a 7.42 ERA in his last eight starts, a stretch that has bumped his season ERA to 5.65, but he is due a big raise this winter because he's arbitration-eligible for the first time. Melvin and the Brewers will have to decide where -- and whether -- Parra fits in their plans.
"We'll see how he does out there," Melvin said. "Those are questions for the offseason." Melvin preaches patience with pitching, and the Brewers have certainly shown it in Parra's case. The 27-year-old -- he turns 28 on Oct. 30 -- owns a 5.29 ERA in 101 career appearances, 74 of them starts. After going 10-8 with a 4.39 ERA in a very promising 2008 season, he was 11-11 with a 6.36 ERA in 2009 and 3-10 with a 5.65 ERA so far in 2010. "Pitchers can bounce back," Melvin said. "He still has a good arm. He has the attributes that you look for, but you do have to have better performance. Manny works hard at it. He physically has the ability. It's the ups and downs of what pitchers go through." The deadine to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is Dec. 12.