Davis' injury leaves void in starting rotation
Club has yet to decide on Tuesday's starter in Cincinnati
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers officials were not ready Sunday to reveal how they will fill Doug Davis' spot in the starting rotation, after Davis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation of the membrane surrounding his heart.Davis' ailment is treatable with anti-inflammatory medication, and general manager Doug Melvin said the hope is that Davis would be back "in a couple of weeks." Dave Bush was able to fill-in for Davis on regular rest Sunday, and Yovani Gallardo will also be on regular rest when he pitches Monday against the Reds in Cincinnati. On Tuesday, the Brewers will need someone new. "The next two days are going to dictate that," manager Ken Macha said Sunday afternoon. That comment seemed to indicate that the Brewers intend to use an in-house option, but are not ready to say so because that pitcher may be needed in relief Sunday or Monday. Those options include right-hander Jeff Suppan, who made two starts this season before he was shifted to a long-relief role, and left-hander Manny Parra, who has pitched in relief since the start of the regular season and is not stretched out to start. Or, the Brewers could promote a starter from Triple-A Nashville. The Sounds' Opening Day starter, Kameron Loe, was rained out Sunday and is tentatively scheduled to pitch Game 1 of a doubleheader on Monday. Loe is 4-1 with a 2.44 ERA, and if he is bumped again, it would be an indication that he's under consideration by the Brewers. Tuesday's scheduled starter for Nashville is former Major Leaguer Chris Capuano, but the Brewers intend to leave Capuano in the Minor Leagues for an extended period of time as he continues his comeback from a second Tommy John elbow surgery. Wednesday's scheduled starter is right-hander Marco Estrada, who is 1-2 with a 3.15 ERA. Macha has Randy Wolf scheduled to start Wednesday against the Pirates, but said the Brewers were also undecided about Thursday. It's Chris Narveson's turn in the rotation, but the team might give Narveson an extra day of rest after he threw a career-high 130 pitches in 5 2/3 innings during Saturday's loss to the Phillies.
Gomez working his way back
MILWAUKEE -- After a relatively injury-free five weeks to open the season, the Brewers' list of injured players is beginning to add up.Fortunately for the Brewers, many of those players look to be on their way to returning in the near future. Among those is center fielder Carlos Gomez, who is on track to return Friday -- as the Brewers visit the Twins, his former club -- when he is eligible to come off the disabled list. Gomez, who is out with two injuries, a strained rotator cuff in his left shoulder and a strained left knee, which has been an issue since Spring Training. "Gomez, if all goes well between now and then, will go on a rehab assignment to Wisconsin on Wednesday," assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "He will not be in Cincinnati or Pittsburgh. He'll go up there Tuesday and workout, play Wednesday and Thursday, and go to Minneapolis Friday if all is well." Gomez ran through the full gamut of pregame exercises on Sunday, including batting practice and running and throwing drills. He will work out again at Miller Park on Monday before traveling to Appleton on Tuesday. "Fifteen days, no action. I feel bored," Gomez said. "I'll be happy to come back to the lineup." When Gomez suffered his shoulder injury he was also dealing with a sore left knee. The knee now feels, "awesome," Gomez said. In addition to Gomez, another pair of Brewers is scheduled to rehab this week in Brevard County, the club's Class A Advanced affiliate. Pitcher Josh Butler, who is recovering from a right elbow injury, is scheduled to start for the Manatees on Monday. Third baseman Mat Gamel is expected to join the Manatees on Wednesday to begin his rehab assignment as well. Gamel suffered a slightly torn muscle just behind his right shoulder during Spring Training, and has been in extended spring training rehabilitating his shoulder injury. Despite the growing nature of the Brewers injury report, which also includes the recent addition of lefty Doug Davis, Ash chalked it up to being part of the "nature of the game." "We get some guys back or on the road back and then you get some guys who are hurt," Ash said. "This is an unusual circumstance with Doug. It's nothing something you can plan or work toward. So we just have to make the best of it."
Edmonds hopes to avoid DL stint
MILWAUKEE -- Veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds was sore on Sunday after straining a left rib-cage muscle in the Brewers' loss on Saturday, but was hopeful he could avoid a trip to the disabled list.Edmonds, 39, strained his left oblique on a check-swing in the bottom of the second inning, but played another inning in center field before being replaced by Jody Gerut in the top of the fourth. "The first day it's usually pretty sore, so hopefully after this day with some work it'll start to feel better," Edmonds said. "It's starting to loosen up a bit already, but it's still pretty tender." With Edmonds unavailable and Carlos Gomez on the disabled list until at least Friday, Gerut got the start in center for the Brewers in Sunday's series finale against the Phillies. While he felt the injury following a particular swing in the second inning, Edmonds admitted the injury may not be entirely unrelated to the back injury he suffered earlier this season. "I think it could be partially related to my back problem that I had," Edmonds said. "I still was battling that a bit, and this is just around the corner from it." Despite the potential lingering nature of the injury, Edmonds hopes to be out on the field again as soon as possible. "Usually, when you hurt yourself, it's the opposite side from your throwing arm and this is on the same side. So that's a good positive thing," Edmonds said. "As soon as I can swing a bat, I'm going to get back in there."
Stern's travel route a short one
MILWAUKEE -- Back with the big league club after being optioned the day before, outfielder Adam Stern had about the shortest trip to the Minors as possible this week.Stern, who was sent to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday to make room for right-handed reliever John Axford, was recalled on Sunday as the Brewers sent lefty Doug Davis to the disabled list with pericarditis, an inflammation of lining around his heart. Though he was sent down, Stern never left Milwaukee before being recalled. "I was scheduled to fly out today," Stern said. "But they told me to hold tight yesterday until they figured everything out. So, I just kind of hung out and waited for the call." Before being sent down, Stern got his first at-bat with the Brewers and his first Major League at-bat since 2006 on Friday, which resulted in a strikeout. Now, he'll get an opportunity to make the road trip with a big league club for the first time in a few years as well. "The last time I was on a team charter was in '06. It's definitely better than flying commercial on Southwest getting Group 'A,'" Stern said. "Any time you get to put a big league uniform on you look forward to it. I'm excited for the opportunity."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.