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Notes: Kinney returns to bullpen
05/16/2004  8:18 PM ET
MILWAUKEE -- So much for the Brewers' plans to reset their starting rotation.

Matt Kinney melted down again against the Braves on Saturday night while Chris Capuano was getting battered by Richmond in a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Indianapolis, leaving Brewers manager Ned Yost scrambling to set his pitching rotation for the coming road trip.

Instead of Capuano, who will remain in the minors for now, Yost plans to start right-hander Wes Obermueller in Thursday's series finale against the Expos in San Juan. That leaves a void on Saturday, when the Brewers and Pirates play the middle game of a series at PNC Park.

There is no chance, according to Yost, that Saturday's starter will be Kinney. The struggling right-hander surrendered five first-inning runs Saturday and could not pitch past the second inning.

"I learned my lesson," Yost said. "Leave him in the 'pen."

Kinney had actually pitched well after being demoted to the bullpen. He is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in 5 2/3 innings as a reliever this season and 0-3 with a 9.72 ERA in six starts.

   Matt Kinney  /   P
Born: 12/16/76
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 225 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R

Kinney is out of minor league options, and Yost was asked if he is nearing "the point of no return."

"Isn't there a point of no return for all of us?" he said. "We're not there yet."

Capuano, trying to come back from a left quadriceps strain, struggled even more than Kinney. He surrendered eight first-inning runs -- seven earned -- in Indy's 11-3 loss. His line included six hits, four walks, two wild pitches and a hit batsman.

"My feeling now is that 'Cap' has got to make another rehab start," Yost said. "He's not ready yet."

No plans for four-man rotation: Yost was asked if he would ever consider using ace Ben Sheets, who started Sunday against the Braves, on three days' rest instead of four. The quick answer was, "No."

"Above everything else, early in the season, you better protect your pitching," Yost said. "You'd better not overuse or abuse your pitching."

Another injury: Brewers trainers have been spending a lot of time lately treating leg injuries.

   Ben Grieve  /   RF
Born: 05/04/76
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 215 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R

Right fielder Ben Grieve was added to the list Saturday when he tweaked his left groin and had to leave the game in the sixth inning after legging out a two-base error. Brady Clark started in Grieve's place on Sunday.

"I got into second and it felt tight right away," said Grieve, who had never suffered a groin injury in his career. "I tried to stretch it out, but then I had to run again and it felt real tight."

Second baseman Junior Spivey also remained sidelined with a right hamstring strain and missed his 12th straight start. Yost said Spivey may be ready to return as early as Tuesday, but that he would not play him in the San Juan series because of the soft turf at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

"It doesn't bother me one bit that he's over there on the bench right now," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "He's really hit us hard over the years."

Spivey is a career .492 hitter (31-for-63) with six home runs and nine RBIs against the Braves.

Grieve also may sit out the San Juan series as a precaution.

Roster move: The team announced before Sunday's game that right-handed reliever Ben Ford had been placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder. After the game, the Brewers purchased Mike Adams' contract from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Adams, 25, a stick-thin right-hander, posted a 1.69 ERA in five Spring Training games and was 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 10 games, two starts, at Indianapolis. He struck out 37 versus four walks in 31 innings and will join the Brewers' bullpen on Tuesday in San Juan.

Torture time: The visiting clubhouse crew had a good time this weekend with Braves catcher Eddie Perez, a Yost favorite who played for the Brewers last season. The Brewers manager made torturing the jumpy Perez an art form, playing pranks with an arsenal of fake spiders and snakes and even a dead mouse one day at Miller Park last season.

"Eddie is the only guy who is scared by toilet paper," Yost said.

Symmetrical: The Brewers are 18-18 overall including 6-6 in two-run games and 4-4 in one-run games.

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