Crew pitchers Coffey, Davis ready for rehab
Both throw off mound in Anaheim before Triple-A stints
ANAHEIM -- Brewers reliever Todd Coffey and starter Doug Davis both threw off the mound at Angel Stadium on Tuesday in their final steps before rehabilitation assignments to Triple-A Nashville.Coffey will be up first. He has not pitched since May 29 because of a bruised right thumb but threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. He will appear for Nashville on Thursday night in a doubleheader against Memphis and hopes to be activated by the Brewers on Friday night in Colorado. Whether Coffey gets that wish remains to be seen. The Brewers are carrying 13 pitchers and are off Thursday, so in all likelihood they will head into the Rockies series with a reasonably well-rested bullpen. "Let's wait and see how that works out," manager Ken Macha said. Davis, on the disabled list since May 16, when he developed inflammation of the lining around his heart, threw about 45 pitches in a three-inning simulated game at Angel Stadium and is scheduled to start for Nashville on Saturday against Oklahoma City and again the following Thursday, June 24, at Memphis. If those outings go well, he should return to the Brewers on June 29. "I feel great," Davis said. "I was a little rusty throwing strikes in the third inning, just because I probably wasn't waiting as long as I would wait between innings. Maybe I got a little tired from throwing too hard. But my arm felt good, my stuff was sharp." Utility man Joe Inglett served as the batter for Davis. He hits left-handed. "The swings he was getting off me made me feel pretty good, especially when he turned around right-handed," Davis joked. Davis is scheduled to throw his usual between-starts side session on Thursday. That's an off-day for the Brewers, so the team sent him Tuesday night to Phoenix, where Davis has an offseason home and the Brewers have their year-round training facility.
Suppan begins post-Brewers tenure
ANAGEIM -- Brewers manager Ken Macha said he had enough on his hands at Angel Stadium to worry a about Jeff Suppan making his Cardinals debut in St. Louis. So Macha wasn't watching as Suppan, eight days after the Brewers released him, allowed one Mariners run in four useful innings.The Brewers released Suppan on June 7 despite owing him more than $10 million through the end of this year. By Thursday, he had the parameters of a deal in place with St. Louis, where Suppan had his greatest career success, winning National League Championship Series MVP honors and then a World Series ring in 2006. The contract was finalized on Monday. The Cardinals only owe Suppan a prorated portion of the Major League minimum salary and the Brewers are on the hook for the rest. "He's a healthy guy and he's going to give them innings, if anything else," Macha said. "He pitched well in St. Louis for us, at that ballpark. For [the Cardinals], it's no-lose. They're paying him the minimum salary and if he 'hits,' then fine. If he doesn't, then flip the page and move on to the next guy. So it's a no-brainer almost." Macha once again praised Suppan for being a "good citizen" and for accepting a demotion to the bullpen with class. "I wish him well," Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson said. "I called him two days after [his release] and told him that. I said that if he or his agent needed me to give anybody a recommendation, I would gladly do that." The Cardinals, because of their history with Suppan, didn't need it. St. Louis is in need of help with starters Brad Penny and Kyle Lohse on the disabled list. Rookie right-hander Adam Ottavino, who was a late-inning rally away from beating the Brewers on June 5, was optioned to Triple-A after going 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA in three big league starts. The Brewers will play a four-game series in St. Louis from July 1-4.
Brewers sign three more Draft picks
ANAHEIM -- The Brewers announced three more signings from last week's First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, at least one of which was previously reported elsewhere. The team typically announces signings in bunches.Officially under contract are Auburn University first baseman Hunter Morris (fourth round), Louisiana State right-hander Cody Ross (eighth round) and Puerto Rican prep shortstop Yadiel Rivera (ninth round). Morris was assigned to Class A Wisconsin, Ross to rookie Helena and Rivera to rookie Arizona. With those players locked up, the Brewers have signed six of their first nine picks in the Draft. They are still working on first-rounder Dylan Covey, who met the team in Anaheim on Monday, second-rounder Jimmy Nelson, whose University of Alabama club was eliminated Monday by Clemson in the NCAA Super Regional, and seventh-rounder Joel Pierce, a high school right-hander from Windsor, Ontario.
The Brewers will miss sensational Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez in this weekend's series at Coors Field. Instead, they will face Jason Hammel on Friday, Jeff Francis on Saturday and Aaron Cook on Sunday. "I kind of looked at that about three weeks ago," manager Ken Macha said of dodging Jimenez, who beat the Brewers at Miller Park on Opening Day. ... Manny Parra, Yovani Gallardo and Randy Wolf are the Brewers' scheduled starters against the Rockies. ... The Brewers activated right-handed reliever Brian Bruney at Triple-A Nashville and he threw two scoreless innings in the opening game of a doubleheader. He signed a Minor League deal with Milwaukee earlier this month after being released by the Washington Nationals after 19 appearances with a 7.64 ERA. Bruney has an "out" clause in his contract that will allow him to elect free agency again if he isn't in the Majors around July 1. ... As of Tuesday afternoon, about 150 slots remained in the Brewers Community Foundation's 5K run/walk on July 24. For information and registration, visit the community section of Brewers.com. ... It turns out that Mark Mulder's flirtations with the Brewers in January were the closest he would get to returning to the Major Leagues. "I guess I am [retired]," Mulder told AOL FanHouse on Monday. "I haven't touched a baseball since February." The Brewers showed some interest in Mulder before the start of Spring Training, but club officials left unconvinced that he was committed to a comeback. Shoulder injuries plagued Mulder, who posted a 103-60 career record to go with a 4.18 ERA.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.