Burns gets a shot with Parra scuffling

Burns gets a shot with Parra scuffling

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers will likely leave left-hander Manny Parra in the Minors at least through the Major League All-Star break, manager Ken Macha said Monday. That proclamation should give Mike Burns some peace of mind entering his start against the Mets on Tuesday night.

"This is where I want to be," Burns said. "I'm trying to get my feet underneath me, and I'm trying to win some games."

Burns, who joined the rotation after Parra was sent down and fellow starter Dave Bush was placed on the disabled list, worked four scoreless innings in relief on June 2 and then made his first Major League start on Thursday against the Twins. He took the loss after allowing four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Macha has been careful to say that the rotation could see further changes in the near future besides the additions of Burns and Seth McClung (who moved in from the bullpen). There was some thought that Parra could return to the Majors if he strung together some quality starts for Triple-A Nashville, but that was before a setback on Sunday.

Pitching at home against Oklahoma City, Parra retired nine of the 10 batters he faced in the first three innings and would have had retired the first hitter he faced in the fourth inning if not for an error charged to shortstop Adam Heether. Oklahoma City's Joaquin Arias reached on the play, stole second base and then advanced to third base on a passed ball charged to catcher Angel Salome.

Parra unraveled. He surrendered two runs before escaping the fourth inning, and then gave up five more runs in the fifth. In 4 2/3 innings, Parra was charged with six earned runs on five hits and five walks. Macha received a report later Sunday night from Nashville pitching coach Chris Bosio.

"He had a couple of misplays in the third inning and [Bosio] felt that it became a distraction for Manny," Macha said. "He kind of lost it after that. It was not a good outing for him. ... Adversity is going to happen, so you have to learn to control yourself."

Brewers Minor League pitching coordinator Lee Tunnell has been working with Bosio to get Parra on track. Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin was on hand for Sunday's game and is set to return to Miller Park on Tuesday. Macha figured he would have a chat with Melvin about Parra before Burns takes the mound against the Mets.

But it appears that both Burns and McClung will remain in the rotation for the Brewers through the July 13-15 All-Star break.

"It looks that way now," Macha said. "[Parra] will be back here when he is able, in the opinion of our development people, to go out and be a productive pitcher."

Burns wasn't thinking that far ahead.

"I have to make sure I get ahead" against the Mets on Tuesday, he said. "I was falling behind a lot against the Twins, getting into hitters counts. Maybe it was a little bit [of adrenaline]. I was trying to make my pitch, but they were laying off a lot of off-speed pitches early on. I was looking to see if they would chase, and they didn't.

"It's definitely better to get the first one out of the way, so I'm excited for another [start]. I'm always excited when I take the mound."

Pitching matchup
MIL: RHP Mike Burns (0-1, 3.72 ERA)
After walking the first batter he faced, Burns held the Twins hitless through the first three innings but then gave up two runs on three hits in the fourth. Burns finished with three walks and three strikeouts on 90 pitches, including a 31-pitch fourth inning. Burns has pitched against the Mets once in his career, tossing two scoreless innings in relief while with the Reds in 2006.

NYM: LHP Johan Santana (9-5, 3.08 ERA)
Santana settled in after a rocky start last Thursday against the Cardinals, allowing just two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits in seven innings. Santana outdueled St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter to earn his ninth win of the season but just his second in five June decisions. Santana put together one of only two scoreless outings this season against the Brewers in April, shutting them out over seven innings on five hits, recording seven strikeouts. Santana is 4-2 lifetime against the Brewers with a 3.13 ERA in 12 games, including eight starts. He is 1-1 with a 4.29 ERA in five appearances at Miller Park.

Tidbits
Outfield prospects Lorenzo Cain and Erik Komatsu began rehabilitation assignments with the rookie-level Arizona Brewers on Monday. Cain, considered Milwaukee's top center-field prospect, has been sidelined since April 23 by a knee injury and Komatsu, an eighth-round Draft pick last year, has played only one game before going down with a wrist injury and a concussion. ... Frank Catalanotto made his fifth start for the Brewers in right field on Monday. He played for Corey Hart, who entered the series in a 1-for-21 funk. Hart pinch-hit for Catalanotto in the seventh inning and flied out to make it 1-for-22, before connecting on an RBI double in the eighth. ... Brewers executive vice president of finance and administration Bob Quinn will join the band Hoi Polloi for a special on-stage appearance this week at Summerfest's U.S. Cellular Stage. Quinn, who plays guitar, will make his third appearance at the "World's Largest Music Festival" from 1:15-1:45 p.m. CT. Hoi Polloi is a five-piece rock and reggae band that plays original music as well as a mix of classic and contemporary rock covers.

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Up next
• Wednesday: Brewers (Yovani Gallardo, 8-4, 2.86) vs. Mets (Mike Pelfrey, 5-3, 4.67), 1:05 p.m. CT
• Thursday: Brewers (Seth McClung, 3-1, 3.55) at Cubs (Ryan Dempster, 4-5, 4.09), 7:05 p.m. CT
• Friday: Brewers (Jeff Suppan, 5-6, 4.86) at Cubs (Carlos Zambrano, 4-3, 3.69), 1:20 p.m. CT

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.