Bush nearing rehab outing

Bush nearing rehab outing

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Dave Bush threw his second bullpen session in four days, tossing on the side at Minute Maid Park on Friday.

Attempting to return from fatigue in his right arm, Bush said he had a good outing and was ready to head out for a rehab start soon. If all goes well and he remains on schedule, Bush would be in line to return to the Brewers' rotation sometime during the week of Aug. 16. He has not pitched in a game since June 20.

"We'll talk it over and I'll have to talk to [head athletic trainer] Roger [Caplinger], but my personal feeling is he goes out and throws two innings [of rehab] and then takes a couple days off and then goes out and throws another one that's a little longer," manager Ken Macha said.

The Brewers have yet to determine a starter for Wednesday's game and on Aug. 15. It's unlikely Bush will make either of those starts, but right-hander Jeff Suppan could.

Suppan threw a bullpen Tuesday, but he felt only so-so on Wednesday. He hasn't pitched since facing the Nationals on July 27, when he strained a rib-cage muscle during an at-bat. Macha hasn't ruled Suppan out as a possiblity to start on Wednesday, but said it would depend on how things play out and how the right-hander feels.

"We'll see what happens and what he feels like and go from there," Macha said.

Jason Grodsky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.